The identity of Gurinderjit Singh, the 12-year-old Sikh boy who was found abandoned in Southall, UK, allegedly by his mother in March last year, has been ascertained. The Indian High Commission in London has informed the Ministry of External Affairs that the DNA sample of the boy matches that of a Hoshiarpur family.
The findings clear the decks for the boy’s reunion with his family. He is now under care of the Ealing Council, London.
On seeing the boy’s pictures in newspapers, two Indian families — one from Tanda Ram Sahai village of Hoshiarpur district and another from Bihar — had claimed him for their own.
Kuldip Singh of Tanda Ram Sahai said he was Gurinderjit’s paternal uncle and offered to undergo DNA test.
A team from Britain visited India and conducted a DNA test on Kuldip.
The High Commission in London recently informed the Ministry of External Affairs that the test had established Kuldip Singh as the paternal uncle of Gurinderjit, who was eager to return to his family in India.
External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee has handed down the information to Hoshiarpur MP Avinash Rai Khanna, who was perusing the case on behalf of the family.
Kuldip Singh has thanked Khanna for his efforts and expressed eagerness to have the child back.
The child’s father is an illegal immigrant in a European country while his mother, a travel agent, is also believed to be in foreign land.
She allegedly took the child to UK via France and for reasons unknown, had abandoned him.