A few days ago, a 12-year-old boy named Parinav went missing from Bengaluru. He is a Class-6 student of Deens Academy and was last spotted at a coaching centre in Whitefield around 11 am. Pictures of him were shared all across social media with random strangers trying to trace him and spreading awareness to help his family.
12-year-old Parinav has been missing for two days now in Bengaluru’s suburb Whitefield. Some of those searching for him joined me on my show today. Praying he is found very soon: https://t.co/Y6vM2XnnFs pic.twitter.com/96zMcx6TKD
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) January 23, 2024
On January 24, the boy was finally found in Hyderabad. But how did he get there?
While the exact details of why he left home are unknown, NDTV reports that he left his coaching centre in Whitefield at 11 AM and then at 3 PM, he was spotted at a petrol pump near Yemlur with the help of CCTV. After that, he was spotted deboarding a bus that evening in Bengaluru’s Majestic bus terminus.
With only Rs 100 in his pocket, the boy travelled to Mysuru, then to Chennai and finally to Hyderabad. He also sold a few Parker pens for Rs 100 each to meet his expenses.
BREAKING: Great news! Parinav has been found safe. He was spotted at the Nampally metro station in Hyderabad. His parents are on their way to get him. Wishing the family better times 🙏🏽 https://t.co/Aok1cJK4gy pic.twitter.com/WnjMpP75ys
— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) January 24, 2024
After pictures of him were widely circulated on social media, strangers started to come together to find the boy. Some of them volunteered to physically visit Majestic. One passenger travelling via a metro in Hyderabad spotted the boy and confronted him. When Parinav confirmed his identity, he was stopped at Nampally metro station. His parents were informed who were then on their way to Hyderabad.
Parinav’s father, Sukesh, is an engineer who has no idea how and why the boy ended up in Hyderabad.
Parinav having good proper breakfast in Hyderabad after 2 days. He must be feeling good. Just pray that no other child is forced to do something extreme like this https://t.co/3kXtvfYSaO pic.twitter.com/fFGvQP2p1p
— Kamran (@CitizenKamran) January 24, 2024
“I really want to thank all those nameless strangers who helped us in finding my boy. Without his picture being splashed all over, the person in Hyderabad would never have thought to stop a boy and ask,” he said.
Thank heavens the boy was found!