The Hindu

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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