Kolkata: SIX children aged between 7 and 16 years left their homes at Kudgat in south Kolkata yesterday afternoon due to alleged ill-treatment by parents.
The six include four boys and two girls. A boy and a girl among them are brother and sister. Police rescued one of the six from Sealdah railway station today morning but there is no trace of the remaining children.
The six children have been identified as Debraj Ghosh (7), Arpita Sarkar (12), Abhijit Sarkar (16), Prince Shau (14), Rajdeep Jana (14), and Priya Karmakar (13). Barring Rajdeep, the other five are still missing.
Their families, who live in the same neighbourhood at Kudghat Purba Putiari under Regent Park police station area, claim that the six went around 4 pm yesterday on the pretext of playing sports.
A little later, they were spotted by a neighbour at Netaji (Kudghat) Metro station waiting to board a train. He called up Rajdeep’s father, who used the call to ask Rajdeep to come back home at once. Despite this, the six somehow reached Sealdah railway station.
With the children not returning home even after 7 pm, the families lodged a missing diary at Regent Park police station late last night. Police alerted all police stations, railway stations, and bus termini in the city.
The move yielded a result and Rajdeep was found loitering by the Government Railway Police at Sealdah railway station around 7 today morning. Regent Park police brought him back to Kudghat.
The boy has told police that fed up with the “ill-treatment” in their families the six of them had decided to run away. Accordingly, they reached Sealdah yesterday evening and the plan was to travel to Burdwan first and then to some farthest place.
Finding no suitable train, they spent the night at Sealdah railway station. Today around 7 am, they boarded a train. As the train was yet to start, Rajdeep went out to fetch water from a tap on the station premises. On returning, he found that the train was gone. It was then that GRP personnel nabbed him.
The boy says that he is not sure about the destination the remaining five were travelling to. “The plan was made by Prince and Abhijit and they spoke of going to Burdwan first. But I don’t know the name of the train they took and where they will go next,” he has told police.
Prince had run away from home earlier as well and had gone to his maternal uncle’s house in Patna on that occasion.
Taking a cue of whatever information they could gather from Rajdeep, police have intensified a search for the five children. CCTV footage at Sealdah station is being scanned to identify the train they boarded.