Nalbari, June 12, 2019
This is the heartbreaking story of one father’s search for his missing son. Braving summer heat, 54-year old Ramesh Rajbongshi, with a photograph in his hand is wandering in the streets of Assam to look for his missing son.
Ramesh, a daily wage worker, has been running from pillar to post, searching for his twenty-five-year-old son Achyut Rajbongshi for the last four months. He had approached the Barama Police for help the minute his son went missing but Ramesh alleged that he has not received much or any help.
A resident of Paschim Polokata Gaon, a bordering village between Baksa and Nalbari districts of Assam, Ramesh informed that Achyut went missing on February 14th, 2019. “He left home to participate in a Paalnaam in Sarthebari on a bicycle. He didn’t return home since then…I am waiting for him as he is my only support, my only child. I have grown old…Achyut is the sole bread-earner of our family,” Ramesh said, looking pale and lost.
Despite his age-related ailments, Ramesh, not one to give up, has shown his son’s photograph to thousands of people but to no avail. He has till now visited Guwahati Railway Station, Baksa, Barpeta in search of his son. A missing FIR has been lodged at the Barama Police Station.
“They (police) assured they will find my son. Being a father…how can I sit at home when my son is missing. As and when I get time, I take to the streets in search of my son. I show my Achyut’s photograph to the people of the streets hoping somebody must have seen him. I shared my phone number with them too,” he added.
Ramesh further shared that people back in his village told him that his son might have joined a militant outfit. “I don’t believe them…I and his mother have not been able to ever since he went missing. We want him to come back home. His mother wants to see his face,” said the father said as his voice choked.
Sabita Rajbonshi, the mother of Achyut, said, “We have approached the police in Nalbari, Barama, Tihu, Dhamdhama, Samata, Sarthebari. But till now they have not been able to find my son. I appeal to the police to trace my son and send him back home.”