CWC seeks report from govt on missing Budhia

Bhubaneswar: With Budhia Singh, the boy wonder who had raised bright hopes for Odisha and the country in the marathon event ten years ago, still missing, the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) of Khurda has sought a report on his whereabouts from the Odisha Sports and Youth Affairs department within three days.

According to sources, the CWC has sought information on whether Budhia has returned from Mumbai and why the makers of ‘Budhia Singh Born to Run’, the film based on Budhia’s amazing life story, are silent on the matter.

Moreover, CWC has specifically asked for information about the day Budhia went missing, the circumstances under which he went missing, whether he went missing from his house or the hostel, steps taken to trace him, and whether an FIR has been filed in this regard or not.

“Budhia was lodged in a sports hostel and the State government was bearing all his costs. His disappearance is a sensitive issue. We have taken cognizance of the matter and have sent letters to the coach in-charge and the director of Sports,” said CWC member Benudhar Senapati.

“The CWC has sought information on the whereabouts of Budhia. I haven’t read the letter thoroughly. Once I do, I will send my response to the department,” said Bhubaneswar Sports Hostel in-charge Rupanwita Panda.

Earlier an SMS from Soumendra Padhy, the director Budhia’s biopic, sent to an OTV reporter revealed that the production house was planning to call Budhia to Mumbai for the promotion of the movie.

According to the e-ticket booked for a journey to Mumbai on Indigo 6E-552, which is in possession of OTV, Budhia and his mother travelled to Mumbai on June 27. The e-ticket bearing the no O3YZGB is booked for two seats in the name of Sukanti Singh and Budhia Singh.