International Desk: A family in Lakhimpur Kheri district has claimed that Ehsaas, popularly known as the 'Mowgli girl', who grabbed national headlines recently after being found living with monkeys, is their missing daughter 'Lakshmi'.
The couple has submitted an application in the Singahi police station here claiming they are parents of the girl who went missing in 25 November, 2012. They have asked police to conduct a DNA test to confirm their relation. The couple, however, had not filed a missing complaint with the police earlier.
Makhana Devi and her husband Ram Adhaar, residents of Pukhri village here met the station officer of Singahi police station, Satyendra Kumar Singh, on Thursday and requested him to assist them in getting custody of 'their child'.
In the absence of a missing complaint or evidence in support of their claim, Singh asked them to contact Bahraich police where the girl was rescued from the Katarniaghat forest range.
Eight-year-old Ehsaas was found with a troop of monkeys during a routine patrol by sub-inspector Suresh Yadav in the Motipur range of the Katarniaghat range.
Forest officials later denied the possibility of her living with simians stating that she was found in the range's buffer zone and never captured in camera traps installed in the area.
She was discharged from RML hospital in Lucknow where she was admitted for a few days and sent to a shelter home there.
Speaking to TOI, Singh said, "We have received an application from Makhana Devi and her husband claiming that the girl is their daughter. We have advised them to contact Bahraich police where her case has been registered. Had there been a missing complaint in any police station of Kheri district, we would have been able to tackle the case. It is now under the Bahraich police's jurisdiction."
Source: Times of India
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