Bethuadahari, Jan. 20: A year ago, Senapaty Venkatramanam Murthy, a college teacher from Andhra Pradesh, was found loitering in a Nadia railway station, his clothes tattered and his memory lost.
Yesterday, Senapaty, a 41-year-old math teacher at a private engineering college, was reunited with his family in Nadia’s Nakashipara.
Senapaty, who lost his memory and became schizophrenic following an accident while he was returning home from work three years ago, was picked up from Krishnagar station in February 2012 and brought to Nirmal Hriday, a home for the mentally challenged.
The home is run by Moslem Munshi, a 52-year-old group D employee of a sericulture farm who helps heal mentally challenged people.
The Telegraph had carried a story on Munshi and his endeavours on July 16.
Munshi found Senapaty, a resident of Golugonda village, 120km from Visakhapatnam, at the Krishnagar rail godown on February 2012.
Yesterday, Senapaty, who cannot remember what happened to him after the accident, was handed over to his brother-in-law Sachin Narayan Murthi, 37, a lance nayek in the army posted in Manipur, in the presence of police.
“It is a great feeling. I cannot remember when I last saw my wife Satya and son Swarup. I just cannot wait any more to meet them and resume normal life,” Senapaty said, embracing Sachin.
Sachin said the family had been looking for Senapaty for the past two years. “My sister Satya had lost hope. But everything become possible only for Moslemji,” he said.
“A car had hit my brother-in-law’s scooter from behind in 2010. He fell on the road and suffered a head injury,” Sachin said.
Satya said over the phone from her home: “After being released from hospital, my husband started behaving abnormally. He lost his memory. He went missing in 2011.”
Senapaty said he remembered falling off the scooter. “I can only recall the accident,” he said.
Munshi recounted how he found Senapaty and how he was treated.
“He used to behave violently and had attacked me on a number of occasions. Gradually, he responded to medicines and counselling sessions,” Munshi said.
Psychiatrist Debasish Dasgupta, who treated Senapaty, said: “Munshi has to be praised for his patience. He involved Senapaty in gardening and that worked well.
“Senapaty had become schizophrenic. He used to have hallucinations and his thinking was disorganised.”
“Senapaty, however, needs continuous treatment as the problems could recur,” Dasgupta added.
Senapaty said he was concerned about his future. He has lost his job for indefinite absence. “Now, I will give tuitions to earn a living,” he said.