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Kid lost and found in real life
July 30, 2004 09:38 IST
It is the kind of stuff you see only in Bollywood movies. A toddler goes missing and is found by a man who raises him as his own son. After sixteen years, the boy is reunited with his biological parents.
Inder Singh told journalists in Hoshiarpur on Thursday that his family comprising his wife Satto Bai, father Kala Singh, mother Laxmi Bai, four sons Darbara Singh, Kulwant Singh, Veera and Milkha Singh, brother Santokh Singh and sister Shindo Bai lived in Abdulapur village in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district.
Their life was disrupted by the floods in September 1988 when the overflowing Beas River washed away about 80 inhabitants, including Milkha Singh.
Satto Bai was rescued near Dhilwan village in Kapurthala district. Inder Singh also survived but the others did not.
Milkha was sitting on top of a jhuggi, which floated in the waters and took him to Ferozepur. At that time, he was two-and-a-half years old.
A migrant labourer rescued the boy and handed him over to one Mohinder Singh. In due course, the latter shifted to Uttar Pradesh and renamed the child Raju Bhaiya.
About a year ago, Mohinder Singh and Milkha Singh alias Raju Bhaiya came to Miani village in Hoshiarpur district and started agriculture.
A few days ago, Milkha came across Satto while ferrying some inhabitants of the village to Radha Swami Dera Beas on his tractor trolley.
They struck a conversation during which Satto identified him as her lost son. She later told her husband about it.
On coming to know about the conversation, Mohinder Singh prepared to send Milkha Singh to an unknown place.
But in the meantime, Inder Singh and Satto approached the village panchayat, which sought proof to substantiate their claim.
The couple said Milkha Singh had a mark on his right leg, which was the result of a minor accident.The boy was brought before the panchayat and his leg examined. A mark was found and it was enough to convince the panchayat, which ruled that Milkha Singh be handed over to his parents.
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