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Posted at: Sep 13, 2018, 2:26 AM; last updated: Sep 13, 2018, 2:26 AM (IST)

5-year-old Panipat boy reunited with his family

5-year-old Panipat boy reunited with his family
Salman with his father and grandparents at the office of the Child Welfare Committee in Panchkula on Wednesday. Tribune Photo

Sanjay Bumbroo

Tribune News Service

Panchkula, September 12

Salman Khan, a five-year-old boy, was reunited with his family at the Child Welfare Committee office in Panchkula on Wednesday.

The Anti-Human Trafficking Wing of the Panchkula police, led by SI Mukesh Rani and ASI Rajesh Kumar, reunited the boy with his family, hailing from Samalkha in Panipat district.

As soon as the child was reunited with his father, they both turned emotional and started crying. The women staff of the Children Welfare Committee and Salman’s grandparents also could not hold back their emotions.

Mukesh Rani said they were pained to see the plight of the hapless children at Children Home, who were staying away from their families.

ASI Rajesh Kumar said the child was found by the police at the Ambala railway station on February 4. Later, the boy was shifted to Children Home in Sector 15. He said the boy could only inform them about his name and that he belonged to the Muslim community and came from Panipat.

Rajesh Kumar said they first tried to ascertain whether any missing report had been filed in Panipat, Yamunanagar, Ambala, Sonepat, Samalkha, Meerut or Saharanpur. However, as they did not come across any such FIR, they decided to take a photo of the boy to these cities. However, no one recognised the boy. They also tried to establish the identity of the boy by getting biometric fingerprints at an Aadhaar centre, but no record was found there.

The ASI said after seeking permission from the chairperson of the Child Welfare Committee, Vandana Gupta, they took the child to mosques, madrasas and other religious places in Panipat on Tuesday. He said as soon as they reached the dargah of Kalandar Shah in Panipat, his maternal grandfather Mohammad Isghar Mansoori, who runs a shop near the dargah, asked Salman where he was going. 

He said when they questioned Isghar how he knew the child, he said Salman was the only son of his daughter, who had left for Samalkha in February. 

Salman also recognised his maternal grandfather after which they asked Isghar to come with Salman’s parents to the Child Welfare Committee office in Panchkula on Wednesday with the Aadhaar card and photos of the boy with the family and other relevant documents to prove their relationship with him. 

Committee chairperson Vandana Gupta questioned Nadeem, father of Salman, why they had not filed a missing complaint of his son. He replied that his wife had left him and they thought she might have taken the boy with her. He said his wife had also not returned till now.

Gupta said Salman was handed over to his family members after checking the Aadhaar card, photos of the boy with the family and other relevant documents. 

When work becomes a mission

SI Mukesh Rani and ASI Rajesh Kumar have made it a mission to reunite hapless children lodged in Children Home with their families. They said they had been able to reunite about 250 children with their families till now and were now working on six other places.

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