On the night of July 16, the Ghaziabad police found an eight-year-old boy in Loni area of Ghaziabad. Farzan was ill, alone and unable to talk.
Playing the good Samaritan, the police, instead of sending him to the child welfare committee, got him admitted to a hospital, traced his family and reunited the kid with his parents five days later.
The boy had gone missing from outside his house in Seelampur in Delhi. The boy’s father, Mohammed Tahir, who runs a shop by a pavement, said Farzan went missing while playing outside his house.
“We are a poor family and searched for Farzan with whatever resources we had. We searched for him for several days, but got information about his whereabouts on July 21. We thank the police who took care of him and helped him with his treatment. My son is still under treatment at GTB hospital and I hope he will recover soon,” he said.
Farzan was found outside a shop near Vijay Vihar in Tronica city, in the Loni area of Ghaziabad.
“The boy was unable to talk but when he heard the sound of azaan in nearby mosques, he gave a sign. We approached several mosques and requested them to make announcements about the missing boy. There was no response to the announcement. We approached several temples and a similar announcement was made,” said Ummed Singh, station house officer, Tronica City.
We urged Zuber Hussain, Imam of Mehmoodi Masjid, to take care of the boy till next morning.
Around 12.30 am on July 17, Hussain called the police station to report that the boy’s condition was deteriorating. A PCR van rushed him to Khushbu Hospital in DLF, Loni, from where he was taken to GTB Hospital, Delhi.
Two women constables were posted on 12-hour shifts to take care of Farzan in the hospital.
“In the meantime, we circulated his photographs and other details over the social media for three days but there was no response. On July 21, the boy recovered and told us about a ‘murga mandi.’ We searched two places and found one in Seelampur. When contacted, Seelampur police station officials told us that a missing FIR was registered by his parents. Later, the parents were traced and the boy was reunited,” Singh added.