YouTube video unites man with fam­ily af­ter 40 years

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - K Saro­jku­mar Sharma & S Ahmed Ali

Im­phal/Mum­bai: A man who had van­ished from Im­phal 40 years ago was traced in Mum­bai, all thanks to a video of him singing an old Hindi film song that was up­loaded on YouTube by a fash­ion de­signer.

Khom­dram Gamb­hir Singh (65) left his Im­phal home in 1978, and his fam­ily mem­bers had not heard of him since. That was till his video was brought to their at­ten­tion on Fri­day. When TOI vis­ited Gamb­hir’s an­ces­tral home on Mon­day, his fam­ily said they are ea­gerly await­ing his re­turn.

Themthing Ngashangva, SSP, Im­phal West, said they have al­ready con­tacted Ban­dra po­lice. “To­mor­row we will send two per­son­nel to Mum­bai to bring him back,” said Ngashangva.

Ban­dra po­lice said Im­phal cops sent them a pho­to­graph of a young Singh for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion. “We sent teams to Ban­dra po­lice sta­tion to iden­tify this man from his photo. Our con­sta­bles found him at Ban­dra rail­way sta­tion and brought him here. We sent his pho­tos to Im­phal po­lice and they, in turn, showed them to his fam­ily,” said Pan­dit Thakaray, se­nior in­spec­tor, Ban­dra po­lice.

Im­phal West Stu­dents Club sec­re­tary Atom Sa­maren­dra and an­other mem­ber said one Aheibam Di­na­mani told them about the clip. “We ap­proached Gam­bir’s brother Kul­lachan­dra,” said Sa­maren­dra. “On see­ing the video, I could not stop cry­ing. We truly thank de­signer Firoze Sakir for up­load­ing my brother’s video,” he said. The video was up­loaded on Oc­to­ber 17, 2017. Sakir told TOI Gamb­hir ekes out a liv­ing by do­ing odd jobs and he also sings.

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