Written by Bella Dalima
22 Oct, 2014 | 8:48 pm
A four-year-old child who had been missing for over a year, was found in Dambulla on Wednesday.
The child went missing in Ambalangoda in 2013. Arumugam Buddhika was a resident of Akuressa.
On December 12, 2013 Arumugam and his grandmother, who is a tea plucker by profession, had arrived in Ambalangoda. However, as they could not find a bus to board at night. Thus, Arumugam and his grandmother had to wait in the area for sometime.
Arumugam’s grandmother said: “I was asleep after feeding the child. He was nabbed at around 12 by a man and a woman. I told the police and they searched everywhere. One woman said that the child was taken somewhere. But he wasn’t there.”
As hopes faded away, Arumugam’s grandmother searched for her grandchild in every corner. She had distributed pictures of Arumugam to every police station and bus stop in the country in a desperate bid to find her grandson.
When Arumugam’s grandmother went in search of him in the Dambulla town, she had showed the picture of her grandson to the Dambulla Police Station and three-wheeler drivers too.
The Dambulla Police who had seen a photograph of the child had acted immediately, upon receiving a tip-off on the child’s whereabouts. The police had gone to an area close to the Mirisgonia Oya in search of the child. When Arumugam Subramaniam Buddhika was found by the police, he had been renamed Raju.
Arumugam had absolutely no memory of his parents nor his grandmother.
A beggar had used Arumugam for begging. The beggar and the child who were produced before the Acting Magistrate of Dambulla, are to be produced before the Balapitiya Magistrate on Thursday.
The parents of Arumugam Subramaniam Buddhika will be able to finally see their long lost child at the premises of the Balapitiya Magistrate Court.
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