MEA trying to bring back 12-year-old Indian boy stranded in Bangladesh

The External Affairs Ministry is trying to bring back an Indian boy from Jessore in Bangladesh, after he was said to have gone missing from Delhi in 2010.

PTI May 25, 2016 08:16:27 IST
MEA trying to bring back 12-year-old Indian boy stranded in Bangladesh

New Delhi: The External Affairs Ministry is trying to bring back an Indian boy from Jessore in Bangladesh, after he was said to have gone missing from Delhi in 2010.

A senior official in the Indian High Commission in Dhaka is travelling to Jessore in southwestern Bangladesh to meet 12-year-old Sonu on the directive of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

"Our Joint Secretary Bangladesh Sripriya Ranganathan has met Mehboob and Mumtaz who claim that #Sonu presently in Bangladesh is their son. Our High Commission officials in Dhaka will visit Jessore where Sonu is lodged in a Children's Shelter Home in Pulerhat (Jessore)," Swaraj tweeted.

"We will match Sonu's DNA with couple claiming to be his parents. In case DNA test is positive, we will bring Sonu to India without delay," she said in a series of tweets.

Earlier, External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup had tweeted: "A First Secretary from @ihcdhaka is going to Jessore today to meet with Sonu."

On Monday, Swaraj had said the MEA will resolve the issue soon.

"Thanks for bringing this to my notice. We have initiated action already. We will resolve this soon," she had tweeted after her attention was drawn to Sonu's plight.

Sonu had reportedly gone missing from Delhi in 2010 and a man from Jessore recently contacted his family here and gave details about the whereabouts of the boy, who is reportedly in a child care home in Jessore.

The details of how the boy had gone missing are not yet known.

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