Lack of Rs. 200 delays search for missing son; police say boy is a thief
Police say that missing boy is a thiefMother of boy refutes the charge Says she will reform him
NALGONDA: The lack of just Rs.200 at a crucial juncture made all the difference in the lives of Jani Baba and Tasleem, parents of the six-year-old boy, Ansar, who has been missing for the last two months.
The management of an orphanage at Vijayawada had informed the parents through the police about the arrival of Ansar to their home but Jani Baba, a fruit vendor, could not catch the next available bus or train to the city, as he was penniless at the time.
"Had he borrowed money from friends or relatives to rush to Vijayawada, my son would have been with us during this Ramzan," Tasleem told The Hindu .
As soon as she came to know about her missing boy, Tasleem, who was in Warangal for a stay with her relatives, rushed back to Nalgonda.
"I approached a pawn broker with my anklets and brought Rs.200 to send my husband to Vijayawada. Before my husband reached there, my son had gone missing once again," she said while fighting back her tears on Monday.
Tasleem had to sell off her ear studs to get Rs.300 the next time.
Jani Baba made a second trip to Vijayawada with the money but to no avail.
Again, she borrowed Rs.600 for a hefty rate of interest to personally search for her son.
"We visited many houses in the city but couldn't find our boy. I was on the railway platform for three days while my husband went around the city in search of the boy," she maintained.
Meanwhile, police inquiries revealed that Ansar fell in bad company for quite sometime.
"Though he is only a six-year-old, he was involved in three theft cases in the town. Our men let him off with a warning," the Superintendent of Police M.M.Bhagwat said.
The boy tried to steal valuables from the house of the then ASP and he was also involved in the lifting of manhole covers twice at a theatre, the town Inspector Vijay Paul said. Tasleem, however, said that a rouge boy in Bottuguda had pushed her son into the ASP's house for wrongful gain. "Ansar is not a thief. Even if he is a thief, please put maximum efforts to restore him to me. I'll reform him," she said.