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Naga team looks for missing boy

Kharagpur, July 25: A team of 30 Naga students has started looking for a 14-year old Naga student who went missing between Howrah and Kharagpur railway stations in West Bengal on July 20.

Ikangwang, 14, was travelling by train to Amsena in Nuapada district of Odisha to study in Class IX in a Gurukul Ashram when he went missing.

The boy’s father Kilunglim, a Hindi teacher of a government high school in Peren district of Nagaland, said he was sending his son to the Odisha school through Amit Kumar, a teacher of a local school and social worker, to learn Hindi properly.

“Mystery shrouds over the way he went missing. There were nine more students with him in the train who reached their destination safely,” said Kilunglim, over phone.

Ikangwang’s elder brother Kesutlung, who is accompanying the search team, said 30 students belonging to Naga Students’ Union reached Nagaland House in Calcutta this morning. “We fanned out in groups to look for Ikangwang. I went to Kharagpur in the morning and am now heading for Jamshedpur. Some are looking for him at various places in Calcutta, including Park Street and Esplanade. Another group will arrive at Kharagpur in the afternoon,” he said.

A senior GRP officer at Kharagpur said they had alerted their counterparts about the missing boy.

“We have informed the district police. All efforts are being made to look for the boy,” he said.