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This father cycles around Delhi in search of missing 13-year-old son

Prabhu Shah cycles across Delhi pasting posters with information about his son Kishan, 13, who left home for his school in Delhi on June 12 and never returned.

noida Updated: Jul 11, 2018 13:57 IST
Peeyush Khandelwal
Peeyush Khandelwal
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
Missing child Delhi,Missing children,Missing child Noida
Anita, mother of 13-year-old Kishan who has been missing for nearly a month now, holds his picture. (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)

For nearly a month now, it has become a routine for 32-year- old Prabhu Shah to prepare glue at home and leave early morning on his cycle with a bunch of ‘missing person’ pamphlets. The missing ‘person’ is his 13-year-old son Kishan. He left home for his school in Delhi on June 12 and never returned.

Shah sells packaged water bottles at Anand Vihar ISBT near Ghaziabad’s Kaushambi and stays at a rented room in Bhovapur locality adjacent Kaushambi. He had shifted here from Anand Parbat in Central Delhi four months ago for easier access to Anand Vihar ISBT. However, Kishan continued to study at a school in Anand Parbat.

“On the morning of June 12, I remember Kishan having his breakfast before setting off to his school. He would commute by the Metro and bus. Earlier, we stayed in the same locality as his school, but then we moved here as the ISBT is closer and I can easily go there to sell water bottles,” Shah said.

After Kishan went missing, he got an FIR lodged immediately. The police, however, have been unable to trace Kishan to-date.

“The police still call me up to know whether Kishan has returned home. After their initial efforts failed, I got 400 pamphlets printed and started pasting them in different areas while moving around on my old bicycle. I don’t go for work anymore and have been sustaining my family on my meagre savings,” Shah said.

After the first lot of 400 posters were pasted, he got 400 more printed on Monday to continue his search for his son.

“I have gone as far as Rohini on the bicycle in search of my son. I have put up posters even in Connaught Place and at various hospitals in Delhi in the hope that my son sees them and returns home. I also hope that someone sees my son and informs me or the police on the numbers given in posters,” he said.

Shah has three children and Kishan is the eldest. Besides him, Shah has a three-year-old son and a 1.5-year-old daughter.

Shah says he has visited Kishan’s school, enquired with his friends and visited his relative in Delhi. However, everybody is clueless about the boy’s whereabouts. “I don’t take the bus — the fare I save goes into getting posters printed,” he said.

On Tuesday, Shah was in Moti Nagar, nearly 28km from his house, requesting a hospital guard to allow him to put up a poster of his missing son.

“The man is trying hard to trace his son. We, too, are worried and have taken up all necessary legal procedures to trace him. The boy did not reach his school and went missing midway. We placed advertisements and also communicated information to other police stations,” Sonvir Singh Solanki, the case investigating officer from Indirapuram police station, said.

First Published: Jul 11, 2018 13:57 IST