New Delhi: A boy who had gone missing on March 2, 2009, from south Delhi’s Chhatarpur area was reunited with his family on Tuesday evening in Gurugram. Hassan Ali went missing when he was six years old. Since then a child care institute (CCI) in Gurugram took care of him.

On July 22, this year, when Ali travelled to an amusement park in Sonepat, he remembered visiting the place with his parents. During the trip with 100 others, he informed the CCI coordinator, Ashique Ali, about the familiarity of the place.

Determined to help reunite the boy with his family, 24-year-old Ashique and Ali got off the bus at Chhatarpur on their return journey. A report by The Hindustan Times quoted the former as saying, “We kept on roaming at several places but could not get any leads. We returned, but then we kept visiting the area regularly in search of clues.”

Ashique and Ali made frequent visits to Chhatarpur. They were not aware of the fact that Ali’s family had moved to Dharuhera which is 60 km away from Delhi. During the last week of July, a few children who were playing in a small ground took Ashique and Ali to a maulvi named Mohammad Shamshir Qari. Ashique said, “He immediately recognised Hassan, hugged him, and took out his mobile phone to contact the boy’s grandfather, who often called him on the off chance that Ali had returned.” Qari took them to Ali’s grandfather. However, the grandfather lost contact with Ali’s parents due to a family dispute.

Eventually, based on a tip-off Ali’s relative found him on Monday evening in Dharuhera. He also informed Ali’s parents that their missing son had been found. Salim Mohammad, 40, the boy’s father who rushed to the place said, “I couldn’t believe my eyes – my son was in front of me! He immediately recognised us. We were taken to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) for documentation the next morning.”

Ali who studied in Madrasa was assumed to have run away. The boy had gone missing from a playground in Chhatarpur. He currently studies in class 8 in a private school. Ali will shift to his parent’s home in the next year after his exams get over.