Cuttack: The Commissionerate Police has launched a unique drive to track missing children in the crowd of the ongoing Bali Yatra in Cuttack.
Cuttack DCP Pinak Mishra has started the exercise in which police prepared a specially designed paper card called ‘child tracking card’ and dropped it inside the pocket of children accompanying their parents by writing phone numbers, name and other details on the card.
It will help track the children if one gets separated from his/her parents in the crowd, Mishra said.
Police are patrolling the fairground. If any child is found crying alone in the crowd, police would use the card kept in their pocket, he added.
The DCP also advised the Bali Yatra revelers to keep their phone number inside the pocket of their kids.
Mishra himself was seen writing contact details on the card and dropped it inside the pocket of the children in the Bali Yatra on Wednesday evening.
The drive will also create awareness among guardians to take care of their kids.
The novel idea also yielded fruits as paper card system helped reunite some missing children with their parents in last two days.
Police have distributed over 4,000 such cards. The exercise will continue till the end of the fair, police said.
Police also continue to announce through the public address system to reunite missing children with their family members.
The eight-day mega trade fair that started on Tuesday witnessed heavy crowds every evening. The administration expects a footfall of over 70 lakh this year.