Indian authorities asked to trace background of lost boy in London

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London, Mar 28 (UNI) Britain has roped in Indian police and Interpol to verify the claims of an Indian couple who have alleged that the nine-year-old Sikh boy abandoned in Hartington Road Southall 10 days ago was their kidnapped son.

Ganga Prasad and Bindia Devi from Aurangabad in Bihar that the boy Gurrinder was in fact their son Shintu Prasad, who vanished from outside their home in 2005. The Metropolitan Police was reviewing the couples' claims in consultation with Interpol and the Indian authorities as part of the ongoing investigation.

Ealing Southall MP, Virendra Sharma, said, ''I do not think we should ignore those claims, but there is a long process before we can establish them.'' The investigators are looking at photographs and matching them and were also seeking authority to do DNA tests, he added.

The boy, who speaks only Punjabi, has been in the UK for two to three years, had wandered into a health centre in Punjabi-dominated Southall in West London last week after he was left at a bus stop by a ''white uncle,'' with whom he has been living.

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