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Chennai NGO reunites boy from Odisha with his family

Lochan Nayak was found in Padappai

- Special Correspond­ent

Lochan Nayak had left his family in Odisha and was stranded thousands of kilometres away in Padappai, Chengalpat­tu district. Not knowing the way or the means to go back to his village, the boy was roaming on the streets of Padappai when police personnel of the Manimangal­am station, engaged in beat patrol, rescued and handed him over to the Chengalpat­tu Child Welfare Committee (CWC).

The CWC in turn handed over the boy to Sri Arunodayam, an NGO functionin­g from Kolathur in Chennai. Housing more than 115 abandoned children, the NGO helped the boy get reunited with the family.

Lochn Nayak could converse only in Odia. Iyappan Subramaniy­am, founder of Sri Arunodayam, said some volunteers helped him get the details of the boy.

Then they got in touch with Ramesh Kumar, Inspector of the Surada Police station of Ganjam district and shared all the details of the stranded boy, including his photograph. Police officials, within two days, located the boy’s family in Badagoccha village and made arrangemen­ts for his return.

Nayak, whose father had died, was living with his ailing mother and brother and had fled home. His elder brother Ranjan came to Chennai to take him back home. The boy, along with his brother, boarded a train to their native place on Tuesday, making this a happy 94th reunion for Sri Arunodayam.

 ??  ?? Lochan Nayak (third from right) being reunited with his family by the Chengalpat­tu CWC.
Lochan Nayak (third from right) being reunited with his family by the Chengalpat­tu CWC.

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