Monday, January 31, 2022

Class 4 student flees home to see aeroplane at Kolkata airport; cops send him back with promise of personalised visit

Kolkata:  Bubbling with curiosity about aeroplanes flying above his roof at Ashokenagar in North 24 parganas, a Class 4 student left his home and turned up at Kolkata airport on Saturday evening just to see an aeroplane.

However, he came inches closer to fulfilling his dream before cops sent him back home with a promise to take him to the airport closer to an aircraft “sometime later”.

The 10-year-old boy had taken a train and reached Dum Dum cantonment station, some 25km apart, from where he walked more than 10km to the road near airport where he had been waving at passing cars and taxis for a lift to that takes motorists inside the airport terminal.

One taxi driver spotted him and after a brief conversation, he realised that the boy had fled and dropped him at NSCBI airport police station.

The cops struck a conversation with the kid and found he had fled his home after his father turned down his request to take him for a ride on a plane and all he wanted was a closer look at an aircraft.

They immediately contacted Habra police and also alerted local intelligence to find out the boy’s home and called his parents to the police station.

“An officer from our police station lives in the area. He personally went to his home and contacted his parents who were frantically searching for the kid. He escorted his father to the police station,” said a senior officer of the police station.

The kid’s father, Asadul Molla, who runs a fritter shop in Ashoknagar to feed his family of five, said: “He is crazy about aeroplanes. With the schools closed, his urge to have a closer look at an aircraft soared during his stay at home over the last two years. I myself have never seen a plane, how can I take him for a ride?”

A senior officer of the police station said even after the parents came to take him home, the boy was adamant to not to leave.

“It was already midnight and thus it was not possible to take him to the airport. We finally promised him to make him see a plane when he arrives with his parents later,” said the official.

Speaking to TOI the child said he realised he was wrong but said he would ensure he can take ride in an aeroplane by himself in future.

31/01/22 Tamaghna Banerjee/Times of India

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