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Boy reunites with family after 3 years

A boy who had fled his home in Uttar Pradesh three years ago after a tiff with his sister was reunited with his family earlier this week. He left for home on Thursday.

Bikash Kumar Prajapati, now 15, had been living in a Howrah home ever since he reached the city in December 2010.

It was Bikash’s caring nature that turned luck in his favour, said officials. Whenever any of the boarders fell ill, Bikash would look after them, accompany them to hospital and even stay with them.

When Ashis Das, an assistant sub-inspector of Howrah City Police’s detective department, was admitted to Howrah District Hospital on April 4, Bikash was there with a boarder who had taken ill. Das was impressed with the way Bikash took care of the patient.

“Bikash told Das about his background, where he lived and how he came to the city,” said a police officer. Bikash told Das that he came from Chitrakoot district in Uttar Pradesh.

Das sent messages about the boy to UP police. Bikash Chowdhury, a Trinamul leader of Howrah, also helped in the search.

The boy’s family was traced and his brother, Manoj, arrived on Tuesday. The two left for UP on Thursday afternoon.