Sudarshan at home in Mysore on Friday. (PTI)
Bangalore, Aug. 3: Former RSS sarsanghchalak K.S. Sudarshan was today reported missing after he went on a morning walk in Mysore, but was found in a few hours thanks to a delivery boy and his mother.
The 81-year-old, who is suffering from dementia, could not find his way back to his brother K.S. Ramesh’s home in Century Park from where he had set out at 5.30am. He walked around for nearly 4km till fatigue forced him to stop near Ashok’s house in a lower middle-class locality.
Ashok, who works at Sequel Logistics in Bangalore, found the frail Sudarshan sitting under a tree near a mosque close to his RS Naidu Nagar home. He looked confused.
“I felt sorry since he was sitting under the tree all alone,” said Ashok, 28, who was visiting his parents and had set out to get his clothes ironed.
Ashok could barely hear Sudarshan mumbling: “Main sust ho gaya, thoda paani… (I am tired, some water…).”
“I took him to my house a few metres away and offered him coffee. But he didn’t want anything,” said Ashok, who had no inkling who Sudarshan was despite his brush with the RSS as a young boy.
Dishevelled, disoriented and famished, Sudarshan refused the food and drink Ashok’s mother Hemavathy offered him, saying he had not taken a bath in the morning.
“He just said he lost his way from home, which is near some shopping mall, and that he had asked many people the way. I could make out that he is from some good home,” said Ashok.
“We forced him to drink some buttermilk.” After that, Ashok and his mother cajoled him to sleep a little. By then, it was past 10am.
A while later, Hemavathy saw a picture of Sudarshan being flashed on a Kannada TV channel with the news that the man who headed the RSS from 2000-2009 had gone “missing”. Ashok immediately contacted police.
A team led by city police commissioner K.L. Sudhir landed at Ashok’s house before noon and identified Sudarshan. They gave Ashok an award of Rs 25,000. The police also had Sudarshan medically examined and escorted him to his brother’s home. “We have now provided him 24-hour security,” Sudhir said.
Ashok, an RSS worker for about eight years till he turned 18, said: “I had heard about him. But I never imagined such a great leader would one day visit my home.”
“Our financial situation was always so hopeless that I had to stop schooling (after class X) and start working.”