Jharkhand man cycles 28 days, finds missing wife in Bengal
In a perfect valentine day gift, a 46-year-old daily wage worker Manohar Naik of Jharkhand was united with his 35-year-old wife Anita Naik after travelling 750 km across 55 villages in 28 days since she went missing on January 11 this year.
“She went missing on January 11 and since then I have been cycling my way through villages in Ghatsila, Jadugora, Potka, Asti Botla and other places searching for her, showing her photo for any clue. I am happy I got her back on Sunday, exactly after a month, thanks to Khargapur and Musaboni police,” Manohar told the HT on Wednesday.
Manohar, daily wage earner from Baliagoda village in Musaboni Block under East Singhbhum district of Jharkhand, revived the love story of mountain man Dashrath Majhi from Gehlaur village in Gaya (Bihar) who had carved a 300 feet hillock for his wife.
“I was cycling for 20-25 km daily since she went missing on January 11. Unable to trace her, I lodged a missing diary at the Musaboni police station on January 24 but continued till February 1, hopeless and disheartened over no sign of her. On Friday, I was called by Musaboni OC Suresh Linda to appear with the Aadhar cards of both of us. Then I was sent to Khargapur local police station where I found my missing wife,” said Manohar.
Musaboni OC Suresh Linda said they had sent Anita’s photos to nearby police stations and bordering areas of Odisha and West Bengal and had also told the gram pradhans and mukhiyas to keep a vigil.
“On Friday I got a call from Khargpaur police and we exchanged photos of Anita and when it matched we sent Manohar to Khargapur. We handed over Anita to her husband on Monday after getting him to sign a recovery application. We are happy to see him unite with his wife for whom he was cycling around like a possessed man,” Linda said.
According to Linda, Anita is mentally disturbed and told them after her return that she had gone to Odisha and Andhra Pradesh for fishing even though she was recovered from a roadside eatery in Khargpaur in West Bengal.
Manohar said he will get his wife treated in Kalikapur under Potka block of East Singhbhum district where his sister lives. Manohar had married Anita in 2001.