Five-year-old Kanak was quite dazed after he was restored to his parents in the wee hours of Wednesday, after a long gap of four-and-a half years. Finding himself amidst new people, with everybody adoring and embracing him, Kanak has fallen ill.
This extraordinary 'good-work' was done by the Lucknow police who helped a hapless couple to trace their child who was abducted by their maid when the kid was only about three-months-old.
After hectic efforts, the kid was finally traced to the house of a poor 'puri' vendor Krishna Kumar in Sadar Bazar in Pratapgarh late on Tuesday night.
S-I Harendra Singh, who worked hard in searching for the kid, said the poor vendor too deserved praise as he tried his best to bring up the supposedly orphan child. Even the residents of the locality had done an appreciable job as the milkmen in the locality provided milk free of cost. Others too looked after the child.
Kanak's father Jagdish Prasad Shukla, a resident of Prem Nagar locality in Krishna Nagar in Lucknow, had been searching for his only child ever since his maid Seema left the house with the kid in 2002. Seema was married to vendor Krishna Kumar with whom she left the child and eloped with her paramour two years back. She is yet to be traced.
However, Harendra said Krishna Kumar and his old mother did not ignore the child. Kanak, who was named as Abhijat in his school in Pratapgarh and was called Anoop by Krishna Kumar, responded positively to his mother Shobha, who broke down on seeing her only child after such a long time. .
It was fiesta time at the Shuklas' home on Wednesday as his relatives and friends thronged the place to congratulate the couple. Kanak was watching everything dazed, as he had never seen any such thing in Pratapgarh. The S-I said poor Krishna Kumar did not create any problems in handing over the kid. Instead, he said he wanted to reunite the child with his parents as he was too poor to bring him up properly. The local residents too were happy on seeing the child being handed over to his real parents finally but everyone, including Krishna Kumar, his old mother and the local residents were in tears when Kanak left the place with his parents on Tuesday night.