Two girls who were missing from a shelter home in Odisha's Kalahandi district since last month have been rescued from Bengaluru and Chennai, a police officer said on Tuesday.
A 24-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly prompting the two girls, aged around 15 years, to escape from the shelter home run by an NGO on September 24, Kalahandi Superintendent of Police B Gangadhar said.
Police teams rescued one girl and arrested the accused, identified as Purna Chandra Chatria, from the outskirt of Bengaluru. Another girl was rescued from near Chennai on Sunday. All of them were brought back on Tuesday, the police officer said.
The police had launched an investigation after the girls, who belong to different villages, went missing.
While one girl was traced on the outskirt of Bengaluru, the other was found near Chennai where they were engaged in a brick kiln and a tailoring unit respectively, police said.
Accused Chatria, who belongs to Tentulikhunti village under Jaipatna area, was responsible for the whole episode and he assisted the two girls to escape with him, they said.
With detailed planning, Chatria brainwashed the girls, helped them to escape from the shelter home and took them with him, the police officer said.
The accused engaged one girl in the brick kiln near Bengaluru where he is also working, and engaged the other girl in a tailoring unit at Tirupur near Chennai.
The statements of the two girls will be recorded and investigation is in progress, he said
The SP said the management of the shelter home has been asked to ensure proper security and monitoring at the centre.