Patna: The schoolboy, whose death triggered off large scale violence in Bihar's Madhubani District and led to a state-wide shutdown on Monday, was found in New Delhi along with a girl with whom he had eloped.
Bihar's Director General of Police Abhayanand told newsmen in Patna that Prashant Kumar Jha, aged 17, and his girlfriend, Priti Chaudhary, with whom he had eloped last month, were found at the Mehrauli police station in New Delhi.
He said Mehrauli police station inspector Jarnail Singh had confirmed over phone to him that the two had been found.
Prashant and Priti had also spoken to him on the police inspector's mobile phone and confirmed that they hailed from Madhubani District, Abhayanand said.
The Delhi police inspector said the couple were purchasing some goods from a shop at Mehrauli when an elderly person from Bihar identified them on the basis on information in the media and spoke to them to find out their antecedents.
He then phoned the police and a team from Mehrauli police station reached the spot and took the boy and girl into their custody.
Prashant was presumed dead after a body was found in Madhubani last week and Jha's family members had laid claim to it.
The refusal by police to hand over the body to the family and subsequent dharna by its members had sparked off protests by students and general public.
It subsequently escalated to violence and arson forcing the police to open fire in which at least two persons were killed and several others injured.
Opposition parties - RJD, LJP, Congress and Left parties observed a day-long bandh in the state against the police action and alleged deterioration in law and order.
Abhayanad said the boy is a student of Indian Public School at Madhubani and a native of Arair village, while Priti is the daughter of a former district project officer in the department of education.
They had eloped on September 7.
The DGP said he has asked Madhubani superintendent of police to get in touch with Mehrauli police station and get their photographs for further authentication of their identity.
Abhayanand said Jha and Priti would be produced before a juvenile court by Delhi police and a team of Bihar police will reach Delhi soon to complete various legal formalities to bring the two back.