Miss­ing for 2 years, 10-yr-old boy found in Kar­nataka

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

CBD BE­LA­PUR: A 10-year-old boy, who had been miss­ing for two years, was fi­nally found at Gul­barga in Kar­nataka.

The child, San­tosh Dhotre, a res­i­dent of Turbhe naka, had been miss­ing since Septem­ber 2013.

The Navi Mum­bai an­ti­hu­man traf­fick­ing unit cir­cu­lated his pic­ture in child re­form cen­tre in Dhotre’s home state of Kar­nataka af­ter the case was trans­ferred to them in Fe­bru­ary this year.

Po­lice in­spec­tor Push­palata Dighe said, “The de­scrip­tion that was sent out matched that of a child at a child re­form cen­tre in Gul­barga.”

On re­ceiv­ing con­fir­ma­tion from them, the po­lice com­pleted the req­ui­site for­mal­i­ties and got the child back to the city and handed him over to his par­ents.

The po­lice will talk to the boy to find out how he ended up at the wel­fare cen­tre in Kar­nataka.

The po­lice said San­tosh had along with his fa­ther Babu Dhotre gone to Turbhe naka to see his grand­fa­ther off, who was go­ing back to his na­tive place.

He wanted to go with his grand­fa­ther. How­ever, his fa­ther did not let him go, said an of­fi­cer.

“Ac­cord­ing to the fa­ther’s com­plaint to the Turbhe MIDC po­lice sta­tion, San­tosh had walked ahead of him while re­turn­ing to their home from Turbhe naka, but he did not reach home,” said the of­fi­cer.

“He feared that some­one had ab­ducted him.”

Af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions, when the child was still not traced, the case was trans­ferred to the anti-hu­man traf­fick­ing unit of the Navi Mum­bai crime branch on Fe­bru­ary 13 this year.

They then searched for the child at rail­way sta­tions, or­phan­ages and child wel­fare cen­tres of Mum­bai, Thane and Navi Mum­bai, till he was dis­cov­ered in a child re­form cen­tre in Gul­barga, Kar­nataka.

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