Children in Patanjali Gurukul freed, reunited with kin after Chhattisgarh officials' intervention
RAIPUR: Four children who were allegedly being kept hostage in a Gurukul in Haridwar have finally been brought back to Chhattisgarh and reunited with their family.
The children hailing from Gariaband (Chhattisgarh) were studying in the Patanjali Gurukul in Haridwar district of Uttarakhand.
Their kin said that the Gurukul demanded Rs 50,000 per child, totally Rs 2 lakh despite paying the fee, before letting them go back.
As the kids' mother was unwell and she was ailing for sometime, th e family wanted them to come back but Gurukul authorities were reportedly not letting them go and insisting on the amount.
Hence, they made a complaint. After the children's parents approached the officials and wrote to District collector Haridwar apart from Education officer, the issue came to light. The children's kin said that the students were being kept as hostage in the Gurukul.
Chhatttisgarh officials took action and intervened. The kids have now been been freed. Chief minister Bhupesh Baghel said that the complaint about four children kept hostage in Patanjali Gurukul had reached him. "On the initiative of the Collector and SP, the children have been freed. I wish well for the children's future", he tweeted on Friday.