Cops reunite Nagpur runaway with uncle
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Angry over being reprimanded over studies, a 16-year-old boy from Nagpur walked out of his house earlier this week, boarded the first train he saw and came straight to Mumbai. He spent three days in the city, penniless and hungry, before being spotted by policemen and reunited with his family on Saturday.
According to Colaba police, two constables who were patrolling Gateway of India saw the boy sitting alone on Friday evening. Asked what he was doing there, he told them that he had come to see the Gateway with his elder brother, who had gone to fetch snacks.
"When the constables were returning to the chowkie, they passed the same spot and found the boy still sitting there. Suspicious, they questioned him more carefully and when he could not even answer simple questions like his address, they brought him to the police station," said an officer.
Colaba police gave the boy vada pav and milk shake, which he wolfed down within minutes. They then cautioned the boy against lying to the police and began asking him about his family, his residence, etc. The boy ultimately confessed that he was a runaway.
"His uncle had scolded him over studies for SSC exams. Angry over this, he ran away from home and came to Mumbai on Wednesday. He roamed the streets on Wednesday and slept on the streets. By Thursday, he got hungry but as he had no money, he started going to eateries and tried to secure employment. However, he had no luck and ultimately reached the Gateway of India," said inspector Sanjivrao Mandlik.
The boy gave the police his uncle's number. Colaba police also contacted the Kaperkheda police (Nagpur Rural), who confirmed that a missing person's complaint had been lodged in his name on Wednesday. On being informed, his uncle immediately left for Mumbai.
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