PALAKKAD: The four Class 9 students from Alathur in Palakkad district, who were found and rescued by Railway Protection Force from Coimbatore Railway Station, were planning to visit Goa. It was the alertness and timely intervention of RPF sub-inspector Alice Antony that saved the four children.
The four children – twin sisters Shreya and Shreja and their classmates Arshad and Afzal Mohammed – all aged 14 years and studying at ASM HSS in Alathur had gone missing on November 3.
The police had shared photos of the children to their counterparts in Tamil Nadu as they got CCTV visuals of the children boarding a Tamil Nadu bus.
SI Alice Antony along with constables V R Sujith, Anish and Parvathi, all Keralites found the children waiting at Coimbatore railway station and questioned them. As Shreya and Shreja were twins, Alice who had read the news identified them.
They alerted the Coimbatore Child help desk. The polcie interacted with the children and confirmed their identity before informing Kerala Police.
The four children had checked the timings of train to Goa at the railway enquiry desk. The girls had Rs 9,110 in cash, a diomond locket valued around Rs 40,000 and a gold bracelet when they were detained by the police.