Berhampur, August 29 (LocalWire): Jagatapati Karji, a 75-year-old man who had been stranded in Arunachal Pradesh for four decades, yesterday returned to his native village Abarsingh in Gajapati district, with the intervention of the district administration.
“I am extremely happy at returning home after so long,” said a visibly overwhelmed Karji (real name Daya Bhuyan).
His younger brother Suku Bhuyan also expressed happiness on the return of his brother. “We will live together,” he said.
With the intervention of the district administration through Mo Paribar, he was brought back from Arunachal Pradesh to Paralakhemundi on Friday.
After he came to know that an old tribal man of Gajapati was in Arunachal Pradesh due to financial crunch, chief minister Naveen Patnaik himself instructed for the safe return of Karji to his own village.
Assistant Labour officer, Subash Chandra Mandal, along with a relative of Karji escorted him to his village from Arunachal Pradesh.
“Bhuyan tested negative for COVID-19 before leaving Arunachal Pradesh for his village,” said Gajapati collector Anupam Saha.
“We thank all the concerned people including the district administration of Lower Subansini for their help in his repatriation,” said the collector.
Although Bhuyan could not recall when he had gone to Arunachal Pradesh, the villagers said he had gone to work in the road construction work in 1980s.
He was stranded there even though the company was winding up its works for the last several years.
Before returning back to Gajapati, he was living in the house of a school teacher at Ziro in Lower Subansini district, after the teacher rescued him from the nearby jungle, said Nayak over the phone.
Living inside the jungle, Karji was eking out his livelihood by working as a daily-wage labourer.
Due to his old age, he could not earn much. Rubu Amma, the teacher, took pity on him and provided daily food to him.