Braking news: Uber wallah spots runaway boy, helps reunite him with his family



Miffed over being scolded, six-year-old leaves home and heads for his grandmother’s house


This Uber driver had the most challenging customer yet – a lost six-year-old boy, with no idea about his destination address. But with a little help from the cops, Prashanth H, the cab driver was able to get this boy home. He gets a five star rating from us.

On Friday, August 14, Prashanth, a resident of Shanmugam Layout in Hoskote and a driver with a private cab aggregator, started his day, driving towards Seegehalli hoping to find his first ride. Around 10.30 am, he saw a young boy, about six years old, walking barefoot on the road. “There were a couple of cabs parked near Seegehalli Army apartment and this boy approached each of them, asked them something and moved on.

Something made me approach him and when I did I saw that he was wearing a gold necklace and earrings but he was barefoot. He seemed unsettled and worried. When I asked him his name and about his parents, he told me his name was Manish (name changed). He said that his parents had died in an accident and that his grandmother lives near Whitefield. He did not know the exact address and he was asking the cab drivers to tell him how to reach Whitefield. I knew that if I didn’t help him he would be in danger and his jewellery would be stolen,” said Prashanth.



The cab driver, the son of a retired assistant sub inspector from Avalahalli police station, knew that the area was notorious for crimes. “When I informed him that I would take him to his grandmother’s house, he got inside my cab and agreed to go with me. I was moved by his innocence and his

trust in a stranger and I was hoping we could reunite him with his family. I immediately took him to the Whitefield traffic police station in Kadugodi. Police constable Krishnappa attended to the case and tried speaking to the boy.”

The police could not get any new information from Manish so they set out in Prashanth’s car with the boy to locate the grandmother’s house. During their chats, Manish told the cops that the grandmother’s house was near a temple and the road was full of potholes. But he could not tell them which temple and he did not know her phone number.

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When I informed him that I would take him to his grandmother’s house, he got inside my cab and agreed to go with me. I was moved by his innocence and his trust in a stranger and I was hoping we could reunite him with his family. I immediately took him to the Whitefield traffic police station in Kadugodi

— Prashanth H, Uber driver

While trying to piece together the clues, the police had a hunch that he could be referring to Navanahalli in Whitefield. And they were right. When they reached this neighbourhood, the boy led them to his grandmother’s house but the house was locked. The neighbours gave Prashanth his grandmother’s phone number but she was not reachable.

The search began again. This time the cops asked the boy to draw a picture of his school. He did and added the name of the school as well. Despite the wrong spelling, they could identify the school. But this school had many branches in the area. So the cops contacted one of the school principals and with her help tracked down the parents.

The Whitefield traffic police inspector, Manjunath said that he spoke to the family and advised them to be careful. “The family lives in Avalahalli which is over 10 kilometres from our station and the boy had walked barefoot to Seegehalli, with at least 20 grams of gold on him. Anything could have happened to him if he had fallen into the wrong hands. To his good fortune, he was found by a retired ASI’s son who brought him to the station. We advised the family not to get their children to wear so many gold ornaments as this could cause harm to the child.”

However, the family denied scolding the boy and causing him to run away. Manish’s father said, “He had not seen his grandmother for a long time and was very attached to her. He knew the route to her house and since we were not letting him go out due to the pandemic, he decided to visit her on his own.”

Whatever the reason, the boy is home and safe, all thanks to a cab driver.



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