A nine-year-old boy found loitering at the Jolarpet railway station on Monday, was rescued by railway police and admitted to the government-supported Ujjawala Home at Tirupattur.
According to director of the home, Raja Panneerselvam, enquiries with the boy revealed that his name was Lokesh and he spoke Telugu. The boy said his parents had passed away. He claimed that he belonged to Andhra Pradesh but didn’t know anything about his native or relatives. Rajapannerselvam said it didn’t seem as if the boy would have gone to school or stayed in hostel.
He seemed to be roaming around and it was unclear as to how he reached Jolarpet.
While efforts were being made to trace his family through a network of NGOs and bureaus that track missing persons, the local police filed a case under the Juvenile Justice Act 2000 and have admitted the boy at the home.
Parents or relatives of the boy could contact Ujjawala Home at 09443437647/ 9442994747 or the District Child Welfare Committee at 0416-2228174.