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Odisha Govt clueless about wonder boy Budhia Singh

Bhubaneswar, July 7: The Odisha Government is clueless about the whereabouts of wonder boy Buddhia Singh (14), 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.

He was staying at the Government-run Sports hostel here for almost a decade after he was separated from his coach Biranchi Das in 2007 over allegations of exploitation against the latter in 2007.

Singh has not returned to the Sports here since the reopening of the hostel after the summer vacation three weeks back putting the Government and hostel authorities in a tizzy.

His coach at the hostel, Rupanita Panda said though the hostel authorities visited the house of the boy at Saliasahi slum here but returned empty handed as they failed to find either the boy or his mother Sukanti Das there.

“As Budhia did not come to the hostel after the summer vacation, we inquired about him and even sent officials to his house. But Budhia and his mother are not in their Saliasahi house,” said  Panda.

The State Government has been paying for his education, clothes, food and stay at the sports hostel. He is now studying at Class IX at prestigious DAV Public School, Chandrasekharpur.

However, his mother had earlier alleged that his son is being deprived of proper training at the hostel and food as well.

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