Varanasi: The one-and-a-half-year-old girl,
who was found abandoned at Shitla Ghat here after the blast on
December 7, was today reunited with her mother who came from
Balia in Bihar, police said.
The girl`s father Nilesh Pandey is being questioned by
police in Balia to determine if they had deliberately
abandoned their daughter and then left the city, SP (city)
Vijay Bhushan said.
The mother, Gita, told reporters here that her younger
daughter was lost at the Ghat during the chaos in the
aftermath of the blast.
According to police, the girl was identified as Gauri
after her was picture published in newspapers and shown on TV
The child`s neighbours at Jawahar Nagar extension here
told police that she was the daughter of one Gita and Nilesh
Pandey alias Tuntun, who worked as a guard, and that they
lived in a rented accommodation in the locality with their two
daughters, the other being 11-year-old Riya.
Deputy District Magistrate Atal Kumar Rai had told
reporters yesterday that the room where the family lived was
found locked and their landlord said that Nilesh had gone to
Balia with his family the day the blast occurred.
Sister Linci, coordinator of Child Line, the children`s
home where the girl was being kept, had said that when they
called up on Nilesh`s mobile number given by the landlord,
they were told by the respondent that his daughter had died
and disconnected the phone, after which it was switched off.
While the girl has been handed over to Gita, Nilesh is
being questioned in Balia, his hometown, on why they had left
the city without trying to locate their lost daughter, Bhushan