The parents of a 9-year-old boy, Sintu, who was abducted from Aurangabad town about three years ago, claimed on Monday that the child recovered by the London police recently was theirs.
Sintu's father Ganga Prasad, who saw the photographs of the boy on a private news channel, approached Aurangabad Superintendent of Police Ganesh Kumar and sought his intervention in getting back his son. "The senior officials posted at the police headquarters have already been apprised of Prasad's claim," said Kumar. The state police headquarters is likely to contact the officials of the Union Home Ministry to get details about the boy.
Prasad, who runs a utensils shop, told the police that 6-year-old Sintu was kidnapped from Tikri locality under Sadar police station on March 3, 2005 when he was playing outside the house. The police lodged a kidnapping case (number 94/05) on March 6. "Since then we have been waiting for our son. The police could not get any clue in the case. When we saw the photograph of the boy recovered from Harrington Road (London) on the news channel, we found a great similarity with Sintu," Prasad told mediapersons in Aurangabad.
The boy's mother Bindia Devi is hopeful of getting back Sintu. They said the boy's face, eyes and nose are similar to Sintu. Moreover, the London police said the boy was 9-year-old old.
Meanwhile, a Scotland Yard spokesperson told HT, "We are aware of the press reports. It is being fully reviewed in the on-going investigation." However, there are contradictions – the boy has told the officers that his parents were dead. Shintu didn’t have a mole but Gurinder, who said his parents were dead and he stayed with a white uncle for the last three years, has one.
RJD MLC Bhim Singh, who claimed to be the boy's relative, raised the issue in the legislative Council during zero hour on Tuesday.
With inputs from Ramashankar in Patna