In a troubling incident, a twelve-year-old boy in Andhra was locked up inside a house for five days, before he was rescued by the local police.
The incident happened in Nandyal, in Kurnool district, when the boy's uncle and aunt reportedly locked him in the house and did not return.
The New Indian Express reported that the boy was a native of Anantapur district, who was brought to his aunt's home after the death of his parents around a year ago.
However, The Hindu reported that the boy lived with his father, and was the son of the latter's first wife. The report claims that the father and the second wife abandoned the child.
The house was on the third floor of an apartment.
After spending five days in the house, the boy climbed onto the ventilator on top of the main door, and cried for help.
The police rescued him by welding the lock and cutting it open.
Nandyal III-Town CI S Ismail told TNIE, "We found the boy peeping out of a window of the house. With the help of local residents, we broke open the door and rescued him...The relatives are on their way to Nandyal and the boy will be handed over to them."
A neighbour who noticed the boy at home and tried to contact the duo, told the local media that they got no response..
Reports add that the boy survived with whatever food he could find in the house.
The police have registered a case against the duo who abandoned the child.
They also alerted some other relatives of the boy about the incident.