Families reunited on the eve of Rakhi, courtesy of radio amateurs
Kolkata, August 10 (IANS): On the eve of Raksha Bandhan, two families – one from West Bengal and the other from Uttar Pradesh – were reunited with missing family members, through the efforts of the West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC), a organization of amateur radio enthusiasts. , who carry out this mission of reuniting wandering people on the streets like vagabonds with their families.
Over the past few years, hundreds of people – including those who remained at the Gangasagar Mela – have been reunited with their families through the WBRC’s extensive network.
Even government departments are now asking for the help of these radio amateurs to locate the families of people who have been languishing in hospitals and foster homes for years.
Amateur radio is a hobby (requiring a license) and radio amateurs normally operate within their own network. However, it was slightly different in the case of WBRC. This organization has been appointed by the central government and state governments to provide connectivity during natural disasters or major events like the Gangasagar Mela.
The WBRC hams also operated during the devastating earthquake in Nepal and were among the first to establish communication links from the disaster sites. Working on these sites, WBRC members have realized that there are thousands of people who are lost and need to be reunited with their families. Their service is voluntary.
“For almost six months now, a youth had taken refuge under a tree next to the Railway Accounts Office in Kharagpur. He had a deep gash in his right leg and was surviving on the food passers-by provided him with. This was first noticed by our members Subhodip Roy and Joydip Swarnakar.
“The youth was reluctant to speak and it appeared that he was suffering from a mental illness. East Midnapore have reported one such missing person from Sitanagar village.
“The police provided a lot of help and the youngster’s mother, Saswati Samui, came to Kharagpur to pick up her son. Saswati said that both her sons were mentally ill and Ramkrishna, her eldest son, was the one who had was found under the tree. He had been missing for almost a year now,” said WBRC Secretary Ambarish Nag Biswas.
The second case concerns a woman found by the police in Habra, North-24 Parganas district of West Bengal. The woman did not know Bengali and spoke a certain dialect. She was detained in a house in Habra and Nag Biswas was informed.
“I spoke to her and through our network I learned that she may be from western Uttar Pradesh. After some effort, we located her family in Ghaziabad. Her two sons arrived in Habra on Wednesday with all the necessary documents and brought her home. It’s Rakhi Purnima on Thursday. It’s time for family reunification. I’m happy that a mother has found her son and a family reunited with his mother,” Nag Biswas said.