Hyderabad: On November 19, thirteen-year-old Varun along with his friend left home at 3 am on a scooter for Mahatama Gandhi Bus Station in the city. He parked his scooter at the station and took the Bus to Vizag.

"He blocked all our family contact numbers and just left a voice message saying he is going to Vizag in a bus from MGBS," said Gowthmi Kola, sister of Varun.

Since Gowthami is bedridden, she couldn't go to MGBS to locate her brother. Her family contacts and friends searched for Varun at MGBS but to no avail.

Gowthami then sent a message to SK Saleema, Additional DCP, and Incharge SHE team of Rachakonda Police. Within 15 minutes she informed SHE team of the Malkajgiri division.

"We contacted Gowthami and reached her home near Boduppal to file a formal written complaint. In the meantime, we started searching for him," said Venkatesh, Incharge SHE Team, Malkajigiri.

Police contacted Varun through one of the cousins with whom he has good relations. "We tried to talk to him. We counseled and told him that there might be consequences if he will be caught with some unknown person. He admitted that he made a mistake. We asked him to hand over the phone to the bus conductor. We instructed the bus conductor to hand over Varun and his friend to the local police station," said Venkatesh.

Instead of handing him over to the nearby police station, he handed over the kids to another bus driver at Warangal. "Though the conductor of the bus didn't hand the kids to the nearest police station, he shared the contact details of the Warangal bus driver," said Venkatesh.

There was a happy ending as the Warangal bus driver handed over the kids to Bachannapet police station where Varun's and his friends' family were waiting.

Sumit Kumar Jha

Sumit Kumar Jha is currently a multimedia journalist with Newsmeter. An alumnus of Hyderabad Central University and Amity University, he has interned with The New Indian Express and CGNet Swara. Sumit has also worked with video production houses in Mumbai as an assistant director in shows like 21 Sarfrosh for Discovery Jeet. He is specialised in Video Production. He was also the contributor at PARI network. Hailing from rural Bihar has spent his childhood shifting from places and people. Growing up he felt the need to document the lives and dreams of rural India. A lover of visual storytelling goes around the cities to search for Stories. He primarily reports on civic, human interest and data stories.

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