BAREILLY: A missing 11-year-old boy in India has been found after he was spotted by a member of the public who received a WhatsApp alert.
The boy, Parminder Singh, left his house at around 7am on Sunday on a bicycle. When he did not return after a few hours, the boy’s family became worried and after failing to locate him lodged a complaint with the police.
Police in the northern town of Bareilly say they used the instant messaging service to send out the boy’s photo to several mobile phones in the area.
A man travelling on a train, who had received the alert, recognised the boy sitting near him and called the police.
India has more than 900 million mobile users and WhatsApp is hugely popular.