“Thank you”—that was all retired railway employee Natthu Singh managed to say, as the Noida city magistrate gave him the formal custody of his 25-year-old son Mohan on Tuesday.
Five months ago, Mohan was found unconscious in Greater Noida. The police had admitted him to a hospital where doctors had found a bullet in his head and operated upon him.
He had lost his memory and the ability to speak. But his treatment continued at various hospitals, albeit without any result. The city administration paid for his treatment and handed him over to an NGO in Noida.
But on Saturday, he suddenly began to speak. He said he was a resident of Ghaziabad. His family had registered a missing person’s case with the police and that’s how the family was traced.
On Tuesday, city magistrate Sanjay Chauhan called Mohan’s family, who thought he was dead, to his office in Noida. Mohan’s wife Premlata said, “I could not believe my eyes when I saw my husband. Once he recovers completely, we will ask him how he got the bullet injury. Right now we are very happy.” The couple has a three-year-old son.
His father said, “Mohan used to work for a private firm in Ghaziabad. He left home in the wee hours of January 28. We thought he had gone for a walk.”