However, a YouTube video uploaded by a Mumbai-based photographer proved a blessing for Khomdram Kulachandra, a daily wage labourer working in Imphal, who had been on the lookout for his elder brother, Khomdram Gambhir, for all these years but to no avail..
Mr. Gambhir, members of his family said, had retired voluntarily after serving in Manipur Rifles for seven years. Gambhir is third among six siblings, it was informed.
Interestingly, Firoze had uploaded the video in October past year, and it was accidentally found by an assistant professor at the North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) in Arunachal Pradesh as he was browsing through YouTube, a few days ago.
According to The Hindu reports, the YouTube video was accidentally found by an assistant professor at the North East Regional Institute of Science and Technology (NERIST) in Arunachal Pradesh who then forwarded it among his friends and it became viral hence.
Gambhir's family with help from the locality is trying to bring back their brother from Mumbai in a week's time. Meanwhile, Imphal West Senior Superintendent of Police Themthing Ngashangva said that police officials from the both the cities have been coordinating and Gambhir would soon reunite with his family.
Now two police officers from Patsoi police station along with Kullachandra and another family member are planning to go to Mumbai on April 18.
Twitter user and political activist Angellica Aribam shared a picture of Gambhir with the Mumbai Police while another user, Atom Samarendra, helped identify the man, who was his neighbour in Khumbong. He gave the phone number of the family. It was this incident which brought him to Mumbai from Imphal.
Gambhir was an ex-rifleman and separated three months after his marriage. The family tried tracing him, but failed in its efforts. "I could not believe when a nephew of mine came running to me with a video footage of my brother". I could neither sleep nor eat thereafter. "This is like waking up from a nightmare", says Kulachandra. "Children teased him on the streets calling him Nepali and he would abuse them and shout out that he was a Manipuri - an Indian, not a Nepali, reads the description of the video".