They are now believed to be at a child care centre.
The children, found by the police later to be Christians, were on their way from Gujarat's Meghnagar to Nagpur for a religious function, according to their chaperones. At Ratlam, which is one of the stations where the train stops, a fringe group allegedly barged in and told the police that the children were being taken for a conversion.
On the complaint, the Railway police searched all coaches of the train and had the group of children get off the train and took them for "verification". The children were at the police station from 7 pm to nearly midnight. They were finally handed over the Child Line, a government helpline, which took them to a care centre.
The police admitted that the conversion charge was not established.