Manipur Man missing since 40 years found on Mumbai streets

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Guwahati/Imphal, April 16: A man from Manipur who went missing 40 years back has been finally traced by Mumbai police on Sunday.

As per reports, Khomdram Gambhir, son of late Kh Lakshman, went missing since he left his home about 40 years back in 1978.

As informed by his younger brother Khomram Kulachandra, Gambhir had served in the 1st Bn Manipur Rifles as a Rifleman for seven years, and then took up agriculture. He was married to a woman for three months following which they got separated, and Gambhir left his house two months after the separation from his wife without letting anyone know about it. Although a year later, his family got to know that Gambir was in Mizoram, when they went searching for him, Gambir had already left by then.

Reports also state that when Gambhir left his home, he seemed a little disturbed over certain issues which he didn’t share with anyone, informs his 57-year-old younger brother who was a teenager when Gambhir left.

It has also been reported that Gambhir was seen in Delhi once, however, his whereabouts could not be ascertained.

While Gambhir’s family continued their search for him for several years thereafter, it was of no avail until Saturday morning when Kulachandra was informed about his brother’s location by one of his nephews, Romen Leichombam, who showed him a video taken by a street photographer that was uploaded on YouTube in October 2017.

Romen was informed about the video of a Manipuri man living on the streets of Bandra Bazar Road in Mumbai by Aheibam Dinamani, an assistant professor at NERIST university of Arunachal Pradesh.

Considering their financial depravity, it wasn’t possible for the family of Khomdram Gambhir to bring him back on their own, and thus, they lodged a complaint with Patsoi Police Station seeking help from Mumbai Police.

It may be mentioned that Khomdram Gambhir, who is now around 70-years-old along with his family and two policemen from Manipur are likely to reach back his native place by next week.

Meanwhile, the political activist Angellica Aribam on Sunday, taking to Twitter, appreciated Mumbai police, by saying:

“Thanks @MumbaiPolice for locating the man and safeguarding him in your custody. His family will bring him back to Imphal after 40 years. Thanks everyone for your help.” [SIC]

(NG)