Relatives of a 30-year-old man from Chinchpokli were relieved when one of them chanced upon him at a hospital in south Mumbai, three days after he had gone missing. Their initial euphoria however was shortlived, as the man seemed disoriented, and even failed to recognise them. He had lost his memory.
Naresh Khuman works with a private firm in Charni Road. Khuman’s brother Deepak said, “On Sunday morning, he got up and immediately left for office, without even taking his breakfast. Till late in the evening, he did not return home, which worried us.”
Relatives and family members of Khuman then started to search for him desperately at his friends’ place and office, but he was nowhere to be found. After searching for him all day in vain, his family members approached the NM Joshi and Tardeo police stations, near Khuman’s workplace. Missing person cases ware registered at both the stations.
Deepak said, “We searched for him at every single place that he went to. We even went to our hometown and tried to locate him.”
In what is nothing short of a miracle, a relative ran into him on Wednesday at GT Hospital, when he had gone there for an MRI scan.
Spotting his missing kin in ward 3, the relative summoned other family members to the hospital. Their joy turned to dismay when Khuman failed to identify them.
Deepak said, “He was behaving differently. He was trying to run away from the hospital, threatening doctors and trying to assault them. Only at one point, he identified his friends when they came to the hospital.”
Khuman has now been forcibly confined to his bed. Relatives came to know that Khuman had been spotted drowning at Girgaum Chowpatty by two young girls, who informed local cops. Khuman was then taken to hospital.
Khuman had met with an accident a few days ago, and received injuries on his head. Doctors suspect that blood vessels in his head may have ruptured, causing memory loss. The incident at Chowpatty may have escalated the memory loss.
Deepak said, “It is very difficult for us to see him tied up in hospital. He tried to run away thrice on Thursday evening. This is a very difficult time for the family. We just pray he regains his memory.”
Police Sub-inspector Chavan at NM Joshi police station said, “We had lodged a missing person complaint on Sunday. We did not know that his family members had found him.”