The family of an Indian man held in a Chinese prison for several months on Monday sought the Centre’s help for his repatriation even as Chinese authorities and Indian diplomats grappled with the mystery of his travel to China without documents.
The curious case of the man, identified as Vishnu Das Sharma alias Chanda from Khuja village in Guna district, was thrust into the spotlight recently after Chinese authorities finally ascertained his Indian identity.
Chinese authorities, however, identified him as Vishnu Mohan.
Though he was identified only last week, Vishnu, 45, was picked up by police after complaints from residents of Anning city in southwestern Yunnan province last June.
Since he was not carrying any documents and spoke a language unknown to local police, he was promptly put in jail.
Vishnu does not have any travel or identification document: Chinese officials
Chinese officials said Vishnu’s repatriation is taking time because he does not have any travel or identification document and is unable to explain how he entered China.
Bhagwati Prasad, the elder brother of Vishnu, said they have submitted documents with police in support of their claim for his repatriation.
“The police had asked for his birth certificate, which we didn’t have. So we went to the sarpanch of our village who gave us in writing, certifying my brother’s birth here,” Prasad told HT over phone from Guna. He added they have also appealed for Centre’s help.
Vishnu was working as a priest in a temple in Rajasthan
Prasad said Vishnu was working as a priest in a temple at Balapura village in Rajasthan when he started “behaving abnormally.” “We decided to take him to mental hospital at Gwalior for treatment, but he fled from the Guna railway station and we never saw him since,” he said.
RV Sinha, a member of the faculty of Yunnan Nationalities University in Kunming, who helped Chinese police in interacting with the man, said Vishnu appeared unstable during the conversation, could not explain how he reached Yunnan and came up with fantastic stories about his travels.
Nobody knows how he landed in China: India’s consul general
“Nobody knows how he landed in China. He landed without any papers,” said YKS Thangal, India’s consul general in Guangzhong city of Guangdong province under which Yunnan falls. Thangal said Mohan could be repatriated but there were formalities to be completed.
Guna’s additional superintendent of police Satendra Tomar said that they are doing whatever possible to help Vishnu’s family in getting him back.