Two Powai-based siblings who ran away from their house three years back fearing their parents’ reaction to their poor exam results returned home on Wednesday. The duo aged 11 and 9 told the police they they had been working as hawkers at railway stations for nearly three years and were tired of the hard life.
As per police, the duo studying in class 4 and 5 respectively were residing in Chandivali area of Powai. They got their exam results in April last week, and had fared poorly. Afraid that their parents will shout at them, they fled from their house on April 29, 2013. Their father, a businessman, approached the Powai police station. As per Supreme Court guidelines that in case of missing children a case of kidnapping should be registered, an FIR was registered against unidentified accused.
The police looked for them but could not find them after which the case was closed. Things remained that way until earlier this week, when their father received a call from his elder son. The 11-year-old told his father that he wanted to come home. His father tipped off constable Jabir Pathan, who helped them track down the two brothers.
On being questioned, the brothers told the police that after running away from home they had gone to Manmad railway station where they sold peanuts and bottled water to make a living. A year back, the younger brother had come to Kopar village where he hawked goods for a living.