Berhampur, August 25 (LocalWire): A 75-year-old tribal man from Gajapati district is about to reunited with his family after being separated from them by fate for nearly four decades.
Jagatapati Karji (real name Daya Bhuyan) of Abarasingh village in Rayagada block’s Talamanda village had gone to Arunachal Pradesh as a road construction worker in the 1980s.
He has since been stranded in the North-East, even though the company winded up several years ago.
“Karji is likely to return to Gajapati on Wednesday, as the assistant labour officer (ALO) and one of his relatives have already reached Arunachal Pradesh to bring him.
The district administration has made all arrangements for his repatriation,” said Gajapati collector Anupam Saha.
Apparently, Karji had been eking out a livelihood living in the jungle, whence he was rescued by school teacher Rubu Amma, who took pity on him and kept him in his house in Lower Subansini district.
When Amma came to know of his real identity, he made a video and uploaded it on social media. The video went viral in the state.
An Odia professor of Rajiv Gandhi University in Itanagar, S K Nayak came to know of Karji’s story and co-ordinated with the administration through the former SP of Gajapati for his return.
“Karji did not want to take help from the government or the Arunachal Pradesh Utkal Samaj (the Odia association in the state) when he fell ill recently and was admitted to the hospital.
Karji is alive due to the tribal culture of Arunachal Pradesh, in which they provide food to a needy person.
Else he could have died of starvation,” said Nayak, praising the tribal culture of Arunachal Pradesh.
Suku Bhuyan, his younger brother, is extremely happy at the prospective return of his brother.
“We will live together after his return,” he said.