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Cricket-crazy Indian boys traced by police after four days


BANGALORE, India, March 1 (AFP) - Four cricket-crazy boys, who were reported missing from the southern Indian city of Bangalore, were traced boarding a bus to Madras to watch the second Test against Australia, a police spokesman said Thursday.

Abhijeeth and his brother Vinnet and two of their friends, M.N. Raju and Vishal Raju -- all aged between eight and 13 -- had initially gone to Bombay to see the first Test, which began on Tuesday.

"When they failed to get tickets to watch the match they decided to go to Madras to see the next one. They had about 4,000 rupees (87 dollars) with them," the spokesman said.

The driver of the bus identified the four boys, who had been reported missing by their anxious parents on February 24. They were handed over to police on Wednesday.

"The boys planned to come back to the city after seeing the Madras match," the spokesman said.

Cricket enjoys a passionate following in India.





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