Rayagada, Jan 9:
A team, led by Child Welfare Committee (CWC) officer Ramesh Nayak, programme officer Promod Nayak and state child welfare representative Sumanta Nath who had gone to Coimbatore to fetch the children, arrived at the local railway station with the rescued minors on Wednesday night.
Of the 73 minors, 30 belong to Rayagada district, 3 are from Kandhamal district, 28 from Gajapati district and 12 from Koraput district.
The minors, who were later taken to an orphanage managed by the Rayagada CWC, would be handed over to their parents on Thursday.
It may be mentioned that a total of 141 students were staying at Don Bosco Shelter Home at Coimbatore while continuing their studies at Home For Hope.
The incident came to light when some of the minors were taken ill after taking their lunch a week ago.
Following the news, the Coimbatore district administration raided the shelter home and rescued the ailing students and admitted them to the hospital.
After collecting information from these minor students, the Coimbatore administration later informed the Rayagada district administration which sent a team to bring them back.
Meanwhile, efforts are on to bring back the remaining 68 minors from Coimbatore, sources in the Rayagada district administration said.