SAGOLSEM BIGYAN IMPHAL, 15th Apr: In what could be a mixture of disbelief and delight for a poor family, a man who went missing around 40 years ago has been found as beggar.
The man identified as Khomdram Ghambir Singh, son of late Lakshman and Ketuki of Khumbong reportedly went out of home in search of work during the month of June, 1978 and never returned home.
Fortunately, after 40 years, Gambhir was found begging by singing Hindi songs on the streets of Bandra bazar area in Mumbai city, Maharashtra on Saturday.
It indeed is disbelief for family members that Ghambir Singh could be found alive after 40 years when all hopes were lost and they could not afford to bear with money required for searching him.
Ghambir Singh’s whereabouts was traced after a video clip taken by street photographer Firoze Shakir was uploaded on October 17, 2017 through Youtube under the caption ‘Ghambir Singh lost at Manipur found in Bandra on my tube channel after 40 years.’
A Manipuri settling in Arunachal Pradesh namely Aheibam Dinamani sent the clip to his friend Leichombam Romen who is from Khumbong Awang Leikai and asked the latter if he knew the man. As Romen could not identify the man in the video clip, he uploaded the video clip to the whatsapp group ‘khumbong e pao’. After the video clip went viral, it was certain that the man is Khomdram Gambhir Singh who went missing 40 years ago. In order to ascertain Gambhir Singh’s present location and bring him back home, Imphal West Students’ Club secretary Atom Samarendra Singh tweeted Mumbai police and BJP MP Poonam Mahajan. In response to his tweet, Mumbai police informed Samarendra that every possible effort would be taken up to trace the man and later informed of finding Gambhir from Bandra bazar on Saturday.
Meanwhile, Ghambir Singh’s younger brother Kulachandra has submitted a written request at Patsoi police station to bring back his brother home and the same police station has registered a case with ASI Yumnam Priyobrata as investigation officer (IO).
After 40 years, Ghambir Singh had a chat with his younger brother Kulachandra Sunday through video call between a police officer of Bandra police. IO of the case along with one supportive staff would soon bring Gambhir from Bandra police. Even though Bandra police intimated family members to claim the missing man within a week, Kulachandra could do nothing due to his poor financial condition.
Gambhir is third of seven siblings but the eldest the male members. Gambhir had worked in 1st Manipur Rifles for seven years and took voluntary retirement and married a woman but divorced after few months. Then, he left home in search of job and his last communication was when he was reportedly in Mizoram and never communicated again, Kulachandra informed, adding that he was only 17 years old when his brother went out of home.