Mumbai: 16-year-old boy with autism goes missing, parents appeal for help

On October 01, 2019, a 16-year-old boy named Tarun Gupta was swept in a political rally from Colaba market area. He reached Flora Fountain and couldn’t find his way back home. Tarun is affected with autism, he has a speech impediment and partial vision

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When he did not return home, his family was worried and they filed an FIR on the very same day at CSTM police station. As per information received from sources, he was last seen at Panvel station. He accidentally boarded a Goa bound train, this was confirmed by the CCTV footage.

Once his parents came to know about this, they went to Goa themselves to search for the boy. The looked at every station in Goa but couldn’t find him. As per CCTV footage, the boy was last seen at Sawantwadi railway station on October 03. He then boarded Dadar bound Janshatabdi express train no. 12052 from Sawantwadi and is believed to be in Panvel or Dadar.

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While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Vinod Gupta, his father informed, “He went missing on October 01. There was a political rally on that day, he loves to dance, he was dancing in the rally, but got swept along in the crowd. We registered an FIR on the very same day. We live near RK studio in Colaba.”

He added, “We checked the CCTV cameras at Panvel and Sawantwadi. We got to know that he had boarded the Janshatabdi train and came back to Panvel on October 03. But we do not know whether he is in Panvel or Dadar.”

The child has never left his apartment complex alone before and he is now miles away from home alone, hungry, vulnerable and unable to take care of himself.

Tarun’s father runs a small stationary supplying store. He is the sole earning member of the family. But he has not opened his store since his son went missing. He spends all his time and effort in trying to find where his son is.

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He further informed, “It has been 25 days since we last saw our son. We don’t know, whether he has eaten something during this time. We don’t know in which condition he is, or whether he is even alive. We are doing all we can to find him. Even his glasses have broken. He can’t see properly. We have tweeted a message to the Chief Minister’s and Prime Minister’s Office. He has autism since childhood and he can’t speak properly.”

The boy’s family has taken out ads in every print and digital media and still, he isn’t found.

If you have seen this boy, please contact – Vinod Gupta – 9819610512, 7977246793