A man who helped a 10-year-old boy reunite with his family is himself under the police scanner for beating up the child.
Mohammad Adil (name changed) had told the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) that Azad — the man who reunited him with his family — used to beat him up regularly. The CWC has asked the police to initiate action against Azad.
Adil, son of a stone-cutter, went missing in 2010 from his house in Malviya Nagar’s Savitri Colony. He had been living with Azad all this while. Azad runs a kebab shop in Gurgaon.
Incidentally, on Sunday Azad and Adil went to Malviya Nagar and Azad stopped at a roadside helmet shop to get his helmet’s visor repaired. There the boy was re-united with his family after Azad made some queries from local vendors.
“Adil told Azad that he remembered having been in the area before,” a police officer said.
Minutes later, a tea vendor took Adil and his guardian to Mohammad Iqbal, a stone-cutter, who turned out to be Adil’s father. “But Azad’s intention is not clear as yet. The child has told us that he was made to work at Azad’s shop and was beaten regularly. Malviya Nagar police have been asked to investigate Azad’s role,” a CWC member said.
Azad said he had gone to sector 40 police but was asked to keep the child. “The IO has been asked to verify Azad’s statement,” the CWC member added.