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Guna priest returns home from China

Chanda, the 45-year-old priest from Guna district, who was found in China’s Yunnan province in January, was flown back to Delhi and handed over to a two-member police team from Madhya Pradesh, police said on Friday.

bhopal Updated: Feb 21, 2016 18:15 IST
Chanda along with family members, at the Delhi airport.
Chanda along with family members, at the Delhi airport.(HT photo)

Chanda, the 45-year-old priest from Guna district, who was found in China’s Yunnan province in January, was flown back to Delhi and handed over to a two-member police team from Madhya Pradesh, police said on Friday.

Chanda was questioned by the immigration and custom officials at Delhi airport for more than three hours before they handed him over to the Madhya Pradesh police team, said HS Jadaun of Guna police over phone.

“We will leave for Guna by train in the evening, “ he said.

Vishnu Das Sharma alias Chanda from Khuja village in Guna went missing three years back and mysteriously surfaced in China, where he was imprisoned for months.

He went missing after escaping from a the railway station in Guna on the way to a mental hospital at Gwalior.

Chanda’s brother, Bhagwati Prasad said he was very happy that his brother was back. “I want to start his treatment at a hospital in Gwalior as soon as possible. I don’t want him to run away again,” he said.

Bhagwati Prasad said his brother become mentally unstable ran away from home a couple of times in the past. “Chanda always returned and three years back when he fled from Guna railway station while we were taking him to Gwalior for treatment, we thought he will come back on his own,” he said.

“We guess that he fled and went to the Himalayas and crossed over to China.”

HT reported about curious case of Chanda. His story came in the media limelight spotlight after the Chinese authorities ascertained his Indian identity.

He 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 sent to jail.

RV Sinha, a faculty member of the Yunnan Nationalities University in Kunming, helped the Chinese police in interacting with the man and contacting the Guna police.