Seven-year-old Prince alias Kokky, who was missing from Jaitu town of Faridkot district for two-and-a-half months, was handed over to his parents in Bathinda by officials of the district child protection unit on Tuesday.
The child had been missing from August 2 and was found in Ludhiana, from where he was shifted to a children's home in Mohali. The child disclosed that he was a resident of Abohar in Fazilka district and was reportedly shifted to a children's home in Bathinda.
"Prince was handed over to his parents by the child welfare authorities on Tuesday. I appeal to all parents to have their children memorise their address and phone numbers," said Basant Garg, DC Bathinda.
The child is a resident of Balmik colony on Bathinda road, Jaitu, and his father is a labourer.
"The child went missing after he was sent to a nearby shop with Rs 20. He bought something for himself for `5 and then fearing his father's anger, left his house. Police had registered a report on August 3. The local social organisations were also on the lookout for the child," a source said.