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Ham radio helps woman trace family – The Telegraph India

Maziran (left) at the hospital in Diamond Harbour

Guwahati: Missing from her home in lower Assam’s Barpeta district for three years, a 25-year-old mentally challenged woman was finally reunited with her family on Saturday, courtesy amateur radio operators of Bengal and Assam.

Maziran Khatun of Kayakuchi Pathar village in Barpeta was spotted by some local residents and ham radio operators after she gave birth to a baby girl on a road in Diamond Harbour on July 21 and admitted to Diamond Harbour Super Speciality Hospital.

“Maziran was unable to recall anything initially, not even her name. After psychiatric treatment, her condition improved and she seemed to recollect pieces of information about her life. She eventually recalled that she is from Barpeta district,” said Taheruddin Ahmed, vice-president of Amateur Radio Club of Assam.

Members of West Bengal Radio Club (Amateur Club), Ambarish Nag Biswas and Pampa Sahukkar, then got in touch with Ahmed on July 28, seeking help to trace the woman’s residence.

They also sent her photographs to Ahmed, who contacted Barpeta police and began efforts to track down her family members.

“Maziran’s photographs were sent to all police stations and outposts in Barpeta and finally her mother, who lives in Kayakuchi Pathar village under Kayakuchi police outpost, identified her daughter from the photographs and also spoke to her over phone,” he said.

Maziran’s mother said her daughter was married to Safikul Islam in 2009 but got divorced in March 2015. After that, she lost her mental balance and went missing. Maziran’s two daughters – an eight year-old and a four-year-old – stay with their father. It is yet to be known how she landed up in Diamond Harbour.

The Bengal ham operators and the Diamond Harbour hospital authorities not only bought her train tickets but also accorded her a farewell. Maziran reached Barpeta and reunited with her mother on Saturday.

“The ham members of both the states have done a meticulous job and despite facing odds, we won the challenge and reunited the woman with her family,” said Biswas.

Ahmed expressed his gratitude to Barpeta superintendent of police Violet Baruah and in-charge of Kayakuchi outpost sub-inspector Hemanta Haloi for their help in reuniting Maziran with her family.

“The ham operators of Bengal said so far they have coordinated with their counterparts in other states to reunite 37 missing persons with their families, which deserve praise,” said Ahmed.

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