ROURKELA: A tribal teenaged boy identified as Raju, who was separated from his family 13 years ago, arrived here on Thursday to an
emotional reunion with his poor mother and brother at Nepalibasti slum in Sector-6.
The 19-year-old recalled how he had left home in a fit of anger at the age of six after his father beat him up. The little boy then had boarded a train for an unknown destination and reached different areas including Kanpur before a Haryana-based NGO, Deepalay rescued him.
Reluctant to return, he began studying under the aegis of the NGO and with the passage of time his memory of his house at Rourkela faded away.
With Durgapur Hill as the only landmark, the boy was unsure of finding his family. The boy was accompanied by Deepalay activist Achutyanand.
His mother, a daily wager, was only too happy to see his son back. However, his father Birsa has died.
Rourkela ADM PC Pathi said the boy is now continuing his Plus-II in open school mode, adding that the administration would ensure he is enrolled into a Government ITI here.