This incident happened with Manoj (name changed for privacy reasons) in the year 2014. Mr. Manoj, 55, came to Gurgaon in India for the first time to meet his son who was studying there. After spending 3 days with his son, it was time for him to return Agartala, where he lives. On his return day his son couldn’t accompany him to the airport for some reason, so he had to opt for public transport to reach on time.
It was 8 pm. Mr. Manoj was waiting at the bus stop when a bus with hardly 4-5 passengers in it stopped there. At first, he hesitated to ride that bus but the fear of getting late left no choice for him. Mr. Manoj was new to that place, so he didn’t have any idea about the routes and the places.
Mr. Manoj felt something fishy when the bus stopped at a dhaba (a roadside food stall) in a remote place. He was sure he hadn’t seen any dhaba on the route from airport to his son’s hostel. On asking the other passengers they assured him to be on the right route. He kept sitting on that bus alone while the other passengers had their drinks. They offered the same to Mr. Manoj but he politely refused. All of a sudden, they started forcing him to drink and he couldn’t prevent the whole gang of 3-4 young boys from having that drink. On his statement, they had mixed something in his drink that made him pass away soon.
Mr. Manoj woke up in complete shock. He was lying in some forest only in his inner and pants. All his jacket, gold ring, gold chain, purse, mobile, luggage everything was missing. He didn’t know how many days have passed since that night. He was hungry, thirsty, exhausted and could barely walk!! Still, he managed to reach some slum type area where instead of helping him they beat him up thinking him to be psychic. He didn’t know Hindi (national language of India) so he failed to explain his situation to them.
The next day, he found himself in a small room where he saw a man holding a glass of water in front of him along with some food and two children watching him curiously. At first, he hesitated to drink but seeing the glass of water he couldn’t resist longer. The man managed to explain him that while driving his auto back home when he found Mr. Manoj lying on the other side of the road. As his house was nearby, he decided to take him there. With his help he contacted his family members who were already in Gurgaon in search of him. Mr. Manoj’s wife had already filed a missing complaint on the day he got missing but unfortunately the cops failed to track the culprits.
Mr. Manoj says it took nearly 2 months recover from this trauma and he is still in contact with that auto driver who saved his life and supports him financially.
SOME INTERVIEW QUESTIONS:
- According to you, you went through that situation for about 2 days. How did you manage food and shelter?
Ans: It was very difficult for me as I have never faced lack of food and shelter in my life. I remember I found some public tap and had to drink from there. I even didn’t know whether it was suitable for drinking. No one came to help me and I know only Bengali and English so I couldn’t communicate with the villagers too and moreover they ran away from me seeing my appearance. So, roadside was the only shelter.
- How did you manage the people repeatedly asking you about this incident? Didn’t that irritate you?
Ans: To be honest I did feel irritated sometimes only when people used to suggest me saying you could have done this… that which was impossible to come in my mind then. Otherwise, people are curious, its human nature. So, there’s nothing to feel disgusted but I won’t disagree I did feel terrific when those incidents used to come in my mind even today when I’m speaking to you.
- I guess you must have come across people saying you are faking. How did you feel that time? How much did you try to convince them?
Ans: Of course, there were many. The cops and my family members were also among them though they weren’t showing. Even if I hear this story from someone else, I won’t have easily believed it… There were so many things I could have done but my brain didn’t work that time. It was such a horrific incident like a nightmare. I didn’t try to convince anyone. It was their part whether they are going to believe it or not… I can’t control it.
- Did you learn any message from this incident?
Ans: Yes, I learnt quite a few things from it. First of all, to know at least a few basic things about the unknown place where you are going. Second, don’t ever ride a bus or any public transport if you feel its not safe, even if its urgent. Third, I learnt a lot from the auto driver who saved my life. I saw a real-life example of humanity. That’s what is coming in my mind.
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