Shillong: In a mysterious case of lost and found, a Keralite student who went 'missing' on Monday during a train journey from Darjeeling to Shillong has safely returned to his hostel here.
A student of MA MCJ at the English and Foreign Languages University (EFLU) here, David O. Baby from Thrissur was on a solo trip to get some pictures for the college’s laboratory journal. But the 21-year-old could not be contacted since Monday.
The frantic parents, friends, and family got in touch with taluk and municipality offices of Shillong and Darjeeling to trace the boy.
Apparently, David was drugged and robbed on the train. “I was on my way back after a visit to Darjeeling and had a lot of baggage. I had my laptop, DSLR camera, mobile phone and other valuables with me. I remember passing by Guwahati station. As I was too hungry, I decided to eat some 'pani puris' when the train stopped at a local station. When a co-passenger offered to buy me two plates of 'pani puri' from a vendor, I trusted him. I believe he mixed some drugs in it. I don't even remember falling asleep.
“I was in some remote place in Bihar when I woke up Wednesday morning. All my bags and belongings were looted. I was completely dehydrated and had no energy to walk nor even stand up. However, I managed to get down and make it to an RPF station nearby. They took my complaint, informed my family and gave me some money to go back to Shillong,” said David.
David, who's busy answering phone calls from his friends and relatives, is still in a state of shock. The news about his disappearance had spread like wildfire as his friends had initiated a social media search campaign. A passionate photographer, David loves traveling and most of the time, he goes solo.