Anybody who met the tall impressive Retd Major Harbans Lal Sud would not believe he was touching 95. Hale and hearty, Sud never missed his walk in the woods behind his residence at Neb Sarai.
But on May 28, Sud did not return from his walk. There is no trace of him since then. His family, which has left no stone unturned, including a police complaint, alleged that the police have not done as much as they could.
After completing his Army tenure in late 1960s, Sud worked at the air headquarters till 1975. He joined a private liquor company then and only stopped at 84 when his family forced him to. “He used to even drive to his company. In fact, in 2006 he drove to the hospital where I had undergone a knee surgery,” said Dr Rajkumari Kashyap, his daughter.
Grandson Navneet first called his paternal aunt, who stays nearby, to ask if Sud was at her place. When she replied in negative, the family immediately embarked on a search mission.
A priest at a temple in a neighbouring colony confirmed Sud had taken rest there. Next, a security guard at the Garden of Five Senses remembered his visit and how he spoke.
Then a saffron-clad saint at Madanpur Khadar told the family that he had served lassi to Sud. But, there was no news after that.
“For his age, his memory was intact and so were his other senses,” Neetu Gupta, Sud’s other daughter, said and added, “Police had jotted down a missing person’s complaint but when we requested them to search as and when we got clues, they did nothing.” S Nithynandam, joint commissioner of police (Special Protection Unit Women and Children) denied the charge. “Mehrauli police have forwarded a missing person notice to all other police stations. They have also deputed a constable for the job.”