For the Zopes, Sunday was nothing less than Diwali. Their Saket Nagar residence in Bhopal was bustling with relatives, friends and neighbours, who had come to welcome Nishant, nine days after he was abducted on his way to school.
Thanking God for answering her prayers, Jyoti, mother of 10-year-old boy, told reporters: "I will cook all his favorite dishes and will never leave my sons alone."
She has not been able to control her emotions ever since she received a call from the police station I the morning that Nishant was found roaming in the jungles of Gairatganj and was on his way home.
"Every day without him was a terrible experience for me," she said.
The 10-year-old was welcomed to the beats of drums and firecrackers by the teary-eyed family, who were waiting for the child's return with bated breath.
"I was missing my parents a lot. I am very happy on being reunited with my family," the child told reporters, as he rode home on the shoulder of family members. Excited neighbours and relatives covered Nishant with garlands as the child waved to the huge crowd that had gathered outside his residence to welcome him.
"This is just beginning. We have made several prayers at various temples. We will take Nishant to all those places. Soon a grand celebration will be organised for Nishant's comeback," said his aunt Pratiksha.
Home minister Babulal Gaur too reached the residence of Zopes to visit the boy. The minister congratulated the police for finding the boy. Congress leader PC Sharma also met the family members and Nishant and congratulated them.