For 37 years he stayed away from his family, severed all ties, worked as a rickshaw puller in the Capital and lived under flyovers.
Tired of living like a pauper, he left his loving family behind in Rajasthan. After living in ‘exile’ for all these years, it was a beat constable’s routine application for police verification that reunited 54-year-old Dhanraj with his family.
Police verification became the key:
In June 2010, beat police constable Venu KP on night patrolling in Paharganj in central Delhi spotted Dhanraj with his rickshaw.
“Venu found his activities suspicious and stopped him and asked for some identification papers. Dhanraj, however, had none. He told him that he is a resident of Jawahar Nagar in Saroda, Udaipur, Rajasthan. Venu took all his details and sent the papers for police verification. The papers were sentto Rajasthan,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
The Dariyabad police station in Rajasthan got back to the Delhi Police and told them that there was a missing report in Dhanraj’s name registered 37 years ago. Dariyabad police also informed Dhanraj’s elder brother Prabhu Lal about the new developments.
“He along with the village head came to the city and contacted Paharganj police station. Constable Venu was called in and he told them that all he could recollect was that Dhanraj worked as a rickshaw puller in Paharganj area. Then for the next 15-days we used all our resources to track him down. We also asked rickshaw pullers in the area to look for him,” added the officer.
After 15-days of search the police finally spotted him under the RK Ashram Metro station where Dhanraj lived for a couple of years now.
A tearful reunion:
Prabhu Lal had left all hopes of finding his brother. Ironically, after Dhanraj left his family their financial condition improved a little.
“I had left all hopes of ever finding my brother. But when the local police told us that they have found my brother I could not believe them. I rushed to Delhi and finally I have my elder brother back. My brother was 17-years-old when he left us.”
Dhanraj on Wednesday went back with his family in Dariyabad, Rajasthan.