Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, May 12:
Babula Panda– grandson of freedom fighter Laxmi Indira Panda– who had gone missing from Bhubaneswar railway station and traced later, was today discharged from SCB Medical College and Hospital where he was undergoing treatment.
He was handed over to the Twin City Commissionerate police and Koraput police, informed SCB Medical College principal Sidhartha Das.
“Babula was discharged from the hospital at around 11 am today. He is fully cured and stable now,” Das said.
Notably, Babula was traced to a private hospital in Odisha capital on April 27, after close to two weeks of his mysterious disappearance from the Bhubaneswar railway station.
A special team of Mancheswar police had traced Babula and admitted him to Hi-Tech Medical College and Hospital.
The freedom fighter’s kin was undergoing treatment at the private hospital for kidney ailments.
Later, the late INA soldier’s grandson was admitted to ICU of trauma care ward of SCB Medical College and Hospital.
It may be recalled here that Babula along with his parents had come down to Bhubaneswar for a ceremony at Raj Bhawan where Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated kin of freedom fighters and Paika Rebellion on April 16 morning.
While on their return to their hometown Jeypore, the trio got separated from each other. His mother Sujata Panda was rescued from Balasore railway station and district administration made all arrangements to send her back home.
Sujata had mistakenly boarded Puri-Haridwar Utkal Express instead of Hirakhand Express. However, her husband Surendra had to return alone without his family members.
Later, it came out that Babula was missing as he did not return home. Hence, a team was formed and search was launched to locate his whereabouts.