SRINAGAR: A Srinagar man has been discovered in a mental asylum in Pune fourteen years after he mysteriously went missing as a teenage boy and was presumed dead by his family who had given up the exhaustive struggle to trace him.
Adil Rashid Khan, now 30, a resident of New Colony Batamaloo has been found at a hospital in Pune where he is undergoing treatment. He has reportedly regained his memory prompting the doctors to trace his home.
Khan went missing win 2002 when he was just 16. He had left home for on a five-day trip to Delhi with a friend but was never seen after that. He did not even contact his family about his whereabouts. On April 16, a doctor from the Regional Psychiatric Hospital in Pune contacted the local police to inform that Khan was undergoing treatment for mental ailments in the hospital.
Khan’s sister, Nusrat told Kashmir Reader that the news has come as a pleasant surprise for them. “We had lost all hope to see him again,” she said.
She said that her brother that has been undergoing treatment for lost memory in the hospital since 2010. Few days ago, he has regained memory and narrated his coordinates to the doctors, she said.
Police said that they searched through the past files and found a missing report in 2002 filed in connection with Khan’s disappearance. The report helped police to reach to his home. Interestingly, the family was mourning the demise of a close relative when the good news about Khan’s survival and return came.
“We identified Adil from the pictures sent by Pune doctors to the local police,” Nusrat, one of the Adil’s three sisters said.
She said the family went from pillar to post to trace him out but the efforts yielded nothing.
“We exactly don’t know where he was. We were told that he has crossed to Pakistan or was picked by gunmen but we never believed these theories. At one point when our efforts to track him failed, we started believing that he is dead,” Nusrat said.
“Now his news of arrival has brought a new life in my family. It is a miracle. Our dashed hopes have rejuvenated. With his arrival, I believe happiness has started to enter our home again,” she added.
Station House Officer Batamaloo Police station Aftab Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that Adil will reach home next week.
“We have started the process for his return. Today (Saturday) or Sunday our team will leave Kashmir and hopefully by coming week he will be home,” Aftab said.