Manish Kumar, the grandson of finance minister Bijendra Prasad Yadav, missing from Supaul district from July 1, was safely recovered on Wednesday night.
Supaul superintendent of police (SP) Sudhir Kumar Podika confirmed the recovery of the 11-year-old from a village in neighbouring Madhepura district on Wednesday night. “The boy was spotted loitering in the vicinity of Kataharwa village, around 8km from the Madhepura district headquarters,” he added.
The SP said a police team, led by additional superintendent of police Rakesh Kumar, was sent to Madhepura to bring the boy, a student of a Pipra-based public school in Supaul. He was produced before the Supaul court on Thursday to get his statement recorded under Section 164 of CrPC.
Podika said an old man found Manish loitering in the village, around 70km from his home in Supaul district.
A police team from the outpost rushed to Kataharwa and recovered the boy. He was then admitted to Madhepura Sadar hospital for medical check-up. “He was handed over to his family after completing the legal formalities this (Thursday) evening,” said Podika before adding that the boy admitted that he was not kidnapped but had fled on his own.
“The family had enrolled Manish into NM Public School at Parsa in Supaul district against his wishes. He was suffering from inferiority complex as he was admitted to Class II in the institution in spite of the fact that he was studying in Class VII in the government school in his native village, Bilaukhara,” the SP said over phone from Supaul.
The boy’s father, however, refused to comment on the police investigation, which hinted at the boy’s escape.