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‘Missing’ wonder boy Budhia holidaying in Tamil Nadu with mother!

Budhia Singh
Bhubaneswar, July 16: Even as the Khordha Child Welfare Committee (CWC) on Saturday directed the Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Commissionerate police to trace “missing” wonder boy Budhia Singh (14), a regional TV channel here revealed that Budhia along with his mother is now holidaying in Tamil Nadu thereby bringing a relief to the State Government who was clueless about the boy since June second week.

Budhia, who ran a record-breaking 65 km from Puri to Bhubaneswar in seven hours and two minutes in 2006 at the age of four and found a place in the Limca Book of Records, has put the State Government in a fix by not returning to the Government-run Sports Hostel here since its reopening after summer vacation last month.

While talking to the TV channel Budhia’s mother Sukanti Singh said that they were now in Tamil Nadu for holidaying.

“We have left Bhubaneswar on June 25. First, we came to Mumbai. Now, we are in Tamil Nadu and will return Bhubaneswar in 10-15 days,” said Sukanti Singh
On Saturday, a day after the Sports and Youth Services Department reported to the CWC that it has no idea about the wonder boy Budhia Singh, the CWC directed the Nayapalli police here to trace the boy as soon as possible.

The CWC too served a notice to movie producer Subhamitra Sen asking him for a reply about Budhia in three days too. Sen is producing a film 'Budhia Singh - Born To Run' based on the life of Budhia.
Last week, the CWC had served a notice to the Sports and Youth Services Department seeking a detailed report on Budhia’s alleged “missing” in three days.

“Since it is very sensitive case we have directed the police to trace Budhia. We have also served notice the movie producer asking him to make us know if he takes Budhia within three days,” said Khordha CWC Member Benudhar Senapati.

Earlier Sports and Youth Services Secretary Saswat Mishra quoting the boy’s elder sister said that Budhia and his mother have gone to Nayagarh to attend a marriage party. It was also alleged that teh son-mother duo is in Mumbai for promotion of the film on Budhia.

The State Government has been paying for the wonder boy’s study, training and other facilities since he was separated from his deceased coach Biranchi Das a decade ago after a controversy.

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