Srinagar doctors help reunite ‘dead’ man with his family
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With efforts of doctors of the Psychiatric Diseases Care Hospital in Srinagar, a man who had gone missing 21 years ago has been reunited with his family in UP's Saharanpur district. The family had even performed the last rites of Kedar Ballabh Tripathi, now 56, assuming he was dead.
"We have no words to thanks the doctors of the hospital who took such pains in tracing us," said Tripathi's elder brother Shyam Sunder, who is a priest.
Responding to the treatment for gross psychotic illness and psychosis, Tripathi was able to remember a few things about himself in November last year and told doctors the name of the college were he had studied. He, however, could not recall his name. The doctors managed to trace the college through internet. "We also took help of the police and the administration to reach the family in Saharanpur," said Arshad Hussain, senior psychiatrist at the Srinagar hospital.
Last month, Shyam Sunder and other members of the family went to Srinagar and brought Tripathi home. Tripathi, who is weak and needs support to walk, spends most of his time at the temple where brother Shyam Sunder works as a priest.
Tripathi, who did not marry, worked as a treasury clerk in Roorkee. The family said he often complained of harassment by his seniors. In April 1992, he left office one evening after arguments with his seniors, but never reached home. After coming to know about his disappearance, the family went to Roorkee to trace him, but in vain. A few years later, they gave up.
In 2003, J&K Police caught Kedar after he was found making nuisance on a Srinagar road and pelting stones on the passerbys. They brought admitted him at the psychiatric hospital where hewas diagnosed with gross psychotic illness and psychosis. After long treatment, Tripathi started responding. Last November, he told doctors that that he had studied at SD Inter College where his elder brother was a teacher. Doctors began searching for the college and also made several calls to their relatives and friends settled in other states. They finally traced the college in Saharanpur in UP. In January, the doctors contacted local police and requested them to contact their counterparts in Saharanpur. UP Police went to the college and came to know that in 1990s there was an English teacher named Kailash Chand Tiwari. They made Kailash to speak to the doctors in Srinagar who told them about Trpathi. Satisfied with the response, Kailash contacted his brother Shyam Sunder and requested him to go to Srinagar and verify the claim.