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Boys flee shelter

Balurghat, Sept. 12: Two Bangladeshi boys escaped from a shelter for juveniles here early this morning apparently after twisting the blades of an exhaust fan in a washroom.

One of them was caught within a few hours.

The escape of the duo from Subhayan came to light when a security guard heard someone jumping. The officials of the shelter immediately woke up all inmates for a count and found that two of them were missing.

Dilip Kumar Biswas, the in-charge of the home, said the home had 21 children and seven guards.

“Two of the boarders escaped this morning. A guard heard a sound of someone jumping behind the building around 3.30am and alerted other security men. They all rushed to the spot, but didn’t see anyone. We woke up all the children and did a roll call. Two boys were missing and we soon started a search in the building. We found out that the blades of an exhaust fan in a washroom had been twisted and assumed that the boys might have escaped through the gap,” he said.

Biswas said 15 of the boarders were from Bangladesh and most of them were undertrials. The missing duo had been arrested for entering India illegally.

The guards launched a search for the missing children and caught one of them from the Powerhouse area, 3km from the shelter, around 7am.

Kamalesh Biswas, the district social welfare officer of South Dinajpur, said the boy was roaming around in the Powerhouse area when he was caught.