The apex court bench of Chief Justice HL Dattu, Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice AK Sikri, directed that they be present in the court on October 30 to answer why the two states did not comply with its directions issued in 2013 as steps to trace the children who have gone missing.

The court ordered this in the course of the hearing of a Public Interest Litigation by NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan on the missing children and the inadequate steps being taken by the state governments for tracing them.

The court also issued notice to all states and the administrators of union territories on the increasing drug abuse among school children across the country.

The court has sought response on or before October 30.

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