Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Six-year-old Su­raj Vish­wakarma, a res­i­dent of Ya­dav Na­gar in Ra­bale, who had gone miss­ing six months ago, was found by the po­lice in an or­phan­age in Dom­bivli.

Su­raj’s grand­mother Nir­mala had on April 26 com­plained to Ra­bale po­lice that the boy had gone miss­ing around 8.30am when he was play­ing in front of the house.

With no trace of the child, the case was trans­ferred to an­tihu­man traf­fick­ing (AHT) unit of Navi Mum­bai crime branch on Oc­to­ber.

Po­lice in­spec­tor Push­palata Dighe, who heads the depart­ment, said: “We also ex­plored the pos­si­bil­ity of the child be­ing handed over to any of the or­phan­ages or child wel­fare cen­tres of Mum­bai, Thane and Navi Mum­bai area. Our teams looked for him in each of th­ese cen­tres.”

She added, “Dur­ing the search, po­lice con­sta­ble Prashant Gaik­wad, who had gone to Dom­bivli’s Janani Ashish Char­i­ta­ble trust-run pri­mary child­care cen­tre, found a boy whose de­scrip­tion matched with Su­raj. He then in­formed us about it.”

A po­lice team com­pris­ing po­lice sub-in­spec­tor Ru­pali Pol and other per­son­nel went to the chil­dren home with more de­tails and con­firmed the boy’s iden­tity.

The child was then shown to the par­ents who con­firmed that he was their miss­ing son. The child was brought back to the city on Tues­day.

Po­lice in­spec­tor Push­palata Dighe said: “His par­ents are sep­a­rated and the child lived with his grand­mother in Ra­bale. Now both par­ents want the child.”

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