Twelve years back Benudhar Pardhan alias Meeru left his home in Bhagirathpur (Orissa) in annoyance. Nobody knew where he left for and it was shocking when 9 years later his family learnt that he was in a jail in Pakistan.
But all that pain and shock turned into joy, as his family found him in Amritsar after his release from Pakistan sometime back. Meeru was sent to India along with 4 other Indian nationals in February. As no one had come to take all these five home, Amritsar Administration had provided them shelter in the Red Cross.
Hindustan Times had highlighted the issue and the families started to come.
And on Monday, joy came for Meeru, whose family came all the way from Orrisa for a happy reunion.
As Basanti Pardhan (mother) and Lallu Pardhan (younger brother) could not talk in Hindi or Punjabi, they had brought along one Qurbaan Khan (a villager and classmate of Meeru) to talk and explain things.
Talking HT, Khan said, “Meeru was my classmate in fifth standard and had left his home after getting annoyed over food. For years, the family searched but never knew that where he had gone. It was only after 9 years that a letter came from some government department that mentioned that Meeru was in a jail in Pakistan.”
Since then the family and people in area lived in consistent trauma. Now also when he came back, we never knew. It was some government officials who communicated with us and told that Meeru was here in Amritsar.” It is a big relief now, he adds.
Translating whatever younger brother Lallu Pardhan had to say, Khan stressed, “Meeru’s brother is feeling very relaxed now after seeing his brother. The family is poor and it will be a big help if the government helps in the medical treatment of Meeru, who looks a bit disturbed after long time in jail.”
As Basanti Pardhan, mother continuously hugged her son may not have uttered a word but her reactions said all.
Officials at Red Cross claimed that, as they had the addresses of these persons but no one was coming to take them, Red Cross on its own started collecting more details and contacted Red Cross in those respective states. That helped, claimed officials.