After being admonished by his family members for flying kites, 12-year-old Pakistani boy Ateeque Khan left his home in anger and took the Samjhauta Express to the Attari railway station near here. He was taken into custody by the Indian customs authorities as he had no travel document.
Customs officials saw him loitering around on a platform and found on questioning Ateeque that he had no passport, visa or train ticket.
The boy, who hails from a village near Lahore, told the officials that he had left home as he was scolded at home for flying kites. This is the first time that a child has arrived in India by the Samjhauta Express without any travel document and puts vigilance on the Pakistani side under the scanner. Assistant Commissioner of Customs V.K. Mahajan said, “My team during checking found the child at the station.
During preliminary questioning, the child told us that he was scolded by his parents for flying kites and annoyed over this, he came to Lahore and sat in a train, which brought him here.” Although this seems like a case of inadvertent crossing, the Customs officials after intial questioning handed the boy over to the Railway Police at Attari station.