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Lost in Kedarnath,10-year-old girl returns home to Kanpur via Gwalior

A 10-year-old girl,who was separated from her relatives in Kedarnath and was left alone,reached home in Kanpur with the help of a Gwalior-based lawyer last Tuesday.

Written by Manish Sahu | Lucknow | Published: June 29, 2013 5:55:49 am

A 10-year-old girl,who was separated from her relatives in Kedarnath and was left alone,reached home in Kanpur with the help of a Gwalior-based lawyer last Tuesday.

Shivani had gone to Kedarnath with her uncle Ramesh Chand Gupta,a businessman,and his wife Geeta — both are still missing.

Lawyer Mrityunjay Goswami found the girl in Kedarnath on June 17. After informing a relief camp about her,he took her home to Gwalior. On the basis of the information she gave,he traced her family in Kanpur and handed her to them.

Goswami had gone to Kedarnath with his wife Renu and five-year-old daughter.

“The girl is intelligent. She told me the name of her father and the city she belonged to in UP. Since her father is also a lawyer,I asked my colleagues to help trace her father in Kanpur through their contacts,” Goswami said. He took care of Shivani for over a week.

In Kanpur’s Kalyanpur locality,advocate Shiv Shankar Gupta said they are indebted to Goswami for reuniting them with their daughter. “Advocate Mrityunjay Goswami took good care of my daughter,’’ Gupta said.

When the flash flood struck Kedarnath,Shivani,who was with her uncle and aunt,took shelter in a dharamshala. “Shivani told us that when the water came,she held on to her uncle’s leg but the flow was so strong that she got separated,” Gupta said.

Goswami said they found the girl at Kali Kamli Dharamshala in Kedarnath on June 17. “Her clothes were torn and she had leg injuries. She was covered in mud,’’ he said.

Two days later,Goswami along with his family and Shivani reached a relief camp. He informed the officials there about the girl. “Since the officials were busy with rescue operations,we thought there would be be no one to take care of her in the rush. We decided to take her home to Gwalior and look for her parents,” he said.

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