Miss­ing Mahim 13-year-old with Down’s traced to MP

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY -

Mum­bai: A 13-year-old boy hav­ing Down’s Syn­drome who had gone miss­ing from his house in Mahim last Fri­day was found in Mad­hya Pradesh on Tues­day. The po­lice on Thurs­day handed over Arshad Shaikh to his par­ents in the presence of the presence of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of Mad­hya PradeshChild­line Wel­fare.

Last week, Ar­shad­had a tiff with his fa­ther over some mi­nor is­sue and left home in a huff. “He took a train from Ban­dra Ter­mi­nus and reached Mad­hya Pradesh where peo­ple who found him wan­der­ing aim­lessly handed him over to Child­line, an NGO. After en­quiries, they learnt that Shaikh is a res­i­dent of Mahim,” said an of­fi­cer from Mahim po­lice sta­tion. “They con­tacted of­fi­cials of Mahim po­lice sta­tion and got in touch with his par­ents.”

What helped lo­cated the child was that Arshad’s fam­ily had put out a mes­sage on What­sApp, urg­ing peo­ple to help find the child. The mes­sage had gone vi­ral and celebri­ties like Farhan Akhtar had also tweeted the mes­sage.

“The Mad­hya Pradesh po­lice had seen the miss­ing boy’s mes­sage on WhatAapp,” said Taju Shaikh, Arshad’s ma­ter­nal grand­mother.

She said his par­ents reached Mad­hya Pradesh on Wed­nes­day and and were on their way home with Arshad on Thurs­day evening. “They said Arshad had not eaten pos­si­bly for two days and was ap­peared quite shaken up.” said Shaikh.

The boy can nei­ther re­veal his name co­her­ently nor tell his ad­dress or his par­ents’ phone num­ber.

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