IT WAS Rahul’s day out!
The six-year-old boy got separated from his parents while travelling from Motihari to Baroda, boarded a wrong train, landed in Lucknow, found friends and didn’t look like having missed his parents.
“I was not crying because I was enjoying myself. I ate good food…chocolates, Pepsi….But, I will never do anything like this again,” he said when he was restored to his parents with the help of an NGO on Thursday. Obviously, it was his parents who went through a hard time and not he.
Rahul’s lost-and-found story is as interesting as scary. The kid belongs to Motihari district in Bihar and was travelling from Bihar to Baroda with his parents and grandmother on Tuesday. The train reached Kanpur at 1:00 am on Wednesday. While his parents were asleep, he got down from the train. In the words of Rahul, “I saw everybody getting down so I got down from the train too. I wanted to use the toilet.” Having relieved himself, Rahul boarded the wrong train and landed up in Lucknow.
Roaming about without a care in the world at the Lucknow station, Rahul was spotted by members of ‘Manav Sewa Sansthan’, an organisation that works with children living at the station. They picked him up and took him to the Government Railway Police.
Member of the outfit Praveen said, “GRP helped us contact the Bihar police who swung into action and traced Rahul’s home. The boy, luckily, knew the name of his village and district. Within a day, they located his family and informed them.”
Rahul stayed with members of the organisation for a day. Rahul’s parents realised that he was missing only when the train reached Etah. They got off the train and informed the police and family members in Motihari. After informing family members in Motihari, the Bihar police informed Rahul’s parents.
Meanwhile, Rahul’s uncle came to Lucknow to fetch Rahul and to take him home. Rahul was sent back with them after police and the social organisation had finished all formalities.