The mystery surrounding three children who went mising from orphanage Parnami Bal Sewa Ashram in Kaimari village in the district recently is giving sleepless nights to its management.
Three children of the orphanage had left for their school on May 5 in the morning and never returned to the orphanage. The management filed a missing report in the nearby police station on May 7 and since then police have been looking for them.
“Govinda (11), a Class 5 student, Sonu (8) and Ajay (8), both Class 2 students had left for school on Tuesday and never returned. We searched and waited for them for two days thinking they may come back and finally on May 7 we went to the police station to file their missing report,” Yograj, an employee of the orphanage said.
INCIDENTS OF CHILDREN RUNNING AWAY
For the orphanage staff, children running away from the ashram is not a new phenomemnon.
On January 15, one child ran away from the orphanage. Towards the end of last year, three more children ran off but they were brought back by the government railway police.
According to orphanage management, Govida is a “habitual runaway” as it is his third or fourth escape from the orphanage.
“Govinda has tried to run away three to four times in the past. On previous occasions he used to take one kid with him, but this time he has taken two. Every time police gets him back to us and on questioning he replies, I just felt like going away,” secretary, orphanage, Ramesh said.
Ramesh (39), who himself is a product of the same orphanage, is currently living outside with his family and works for education department. He works on voluntarily basis in the ashram.
The orphanage,which houses around 70 children, including about 30 girls, was founded 40 years ago by Maharaj Dayal Das. Children running away frequently have started bothering the ashram management off late.
“They get all the facilities here. Even for their studies we don’t put any pressure on them as we are directed by our guru ji Swami Rajdas, who presently runs the institution, to let children learn the things at their own pace. But they still run away from here which is strange and hard for us to understand,” Ramesh said.
“Most of them are street kids, whom police picks up from various streets and drops here in our ashram for better future. We get them admitted in a school. However, some of them keep on running away from here,” said Yograj, who works as a volunteer in the ashram for the past three years.
Even police confirms the ashram management’s version that children often ran away from the orphanage.
“The kids keep on running away. Some of them come back by themselves while we have to bring back the others,” the investigation officer, Rajender Singh said.
He added that the police had registered a case under section 346 (wrongful confinement in secret) of the IPC and had started investigations.