Guwahati: More than being a news, this is rather a feel-good true story of a man who despite losing his memory and forgetting where he belongs to and who his family is, has been able to return to his home after a gap of two years for the goodwill and humanity of some policemen in Murshidabad, West Bengal.
This is the true story of Dharambir Das, who originally hails from Bharatpur district in Rajasthan but was found roaming aimlessly and unable to recall anything about him Azimgunj railway station in Murshidabad, West Bengal in September 2016. Das, on being recovered by Murshidabad police in such an unstable mental state was the turning point in his life as the policemen were generous enough to realize the condition of the 37-year-old Das.
Abhijit Basu Mallick, officer-in-charge of Jiagunj police station, stated, “When he was found, Das was speaking his dialect and some Hindi words, but nothing he said made sense to the local people. He could not even remember his name or where he came from. We realized that he needs treatment and asked a Lalbagh court to allow us to take him to Berhampore mental hospital. Our appeal was granted. We admitted Das in hospital on October 29, 2016.”
Das, for these two years, remained under medication in Bengal’s Berhampore district’s mental hospital and although he was in the hospital since 2016, it is only in January this year that he showed signs of recovery. When slowly recovered, Das started remembering things about his village and family and based on that he started giving information on his family to the doctors.
The police officer added, “On November 19, the hospital authorities told us that Das was feeling much better and we could meet him. Based on what Das told us, we contacted the Lakshmangarh police station in Rajasthan. The Rajasthan police helped us contact Das’s mother... in Kafanwada village.”
This was a moment of shock, surprise, and happiness for Das’ family who so long had thought he would never return home again after going missing since 2016. His family stated that Dharambir Das had come to Delhi to work in a construction site and was missing ever since then.
Das’ brother-in-law who came to take him home from West Bengal said that his family will always be grateful to Murshidabad police for taking care of Dharambir for two years.