A Real-Life Bajrangi Bhaijaan Amid Us

A Real-Life Bajrangi Bhaijaan Amid Us

Submitted by Subeditor on Fri, 2016-01-08 16:22 Mangaluru: Social networking media have come in for much flak of late for various reasons including them becoming platform for spewing hate. But, here is a story of how they could play a positive role. A 19- year old youth from Ramgarh in Jammu who landed in Mangaluru allegedly after he was thrown out from a truck transporting apples, in an unknown place, re-united with his family members here on Wednesday. Thanks to WhatsApp. It all began way back in October when Praveen Kumar, a teenager from Jammu, boarded a truck carrying apples as a helper to the driver. In the middle of the journey to the destination a minor scuffle broke out between the driver and Praveen Kumar. The driver threw Praveen out of the truck. Praveen had no idea where he was dumped. Worse he had no money on him. However, he boarded a train and after having an adventurous ticket-less journey landed in Mangaluru where the train terminated. He took shelter at Amar Alva bus stand near Nagori in Mangaluru. The first few days in Mangaluru were hard on the youngster, who was virtually starving. One day, Chandranna, the owner and staff of Durga Canteen which is located just opposite the bus stop noticed him and started giving food. James Lobo (name changed as per his wish), a good Samaritan who lived nearby noticed Praveen Kumar and was intrigued about the youngster’s story. He and Chandranna questioned the young man, and tried to trace his family members, but to no avail. James requested a journalist to help him in this regard. Though the journalist tried to contact Delhi Press Club President Rahul Jalali and Jammu DySP S M Sanyal, they too could not succeed in tracing Praveen’s family, as there was no missing complaint filed in any of the police stations in Jammu. Finally, James requested his friends to pass on the message to people in Jammu. When one of his friends Merwyn randomly contacted an employee of Shankar Industries in Jammu, he readily agreed to share Praveen’s photograph in his WhatsApp group.Within two days, Praveen’s brother Raj Kumar contacted James and immediately he along with his friend Vijay Chitra, a BSF soldier, who had also served in National Security Guard for 5 years, arrived in Mangaluruon Wednesday. When Raj Kumar saw his brother Praveen Kumar in a pathetic situation, he broke down. He thanked James. “I never thought that I would meet my brother again,” he said with tears in his eyes and added that his parents were overwhelmed to hear the news that Praveen was alive. The trio left for Jammu on Thursday. James wants no publicity. That is the stuff good Samaritans are made of. Wouldn’t you wish there were more of him?