In a rare reunion, the CoWIN portal for registration of COVID-19 Vaccination has helped a family trace their son who went missing in 2018. The 23-year-old man, who went missing from Surat, was located in Bengaluru with the help of information on the portal about the vaccination center where he had received the Covid vaccine. .
According to his parents Vasant Patel and Anita Patel, his son Latesh Patel, then a 20-year-old student of a private engineering college in Nashik, had come home in June 2018 after his first year examination. However, a few days later, when his test results came, he came to know that he had failed and ran away from home in fear of reprimand.
Vasant, working as a supervisor in a chemical factory in Pandesara, Surat, told Indian Express That after checking the results online and found that he was unsuccessful, Latesh told him that he was going to his uncle Ashish Patel’s house in Nandurbar, Maharashtra.
The next day Vasant called his younger brother Ashish and found that Latesh had not reached there and his mobile was switched off. After this, Vasant reported the incident to Punagam police station in Surat.
“We contacted his engineering college friends and also on his social media accounts, but we did not get through to him,” Vasant said.
Recently, Sushil Bhushan, a family friend and a photographer, got a lead that Latesh could be traced through the CoWIN portal if he had taken the Covid vaccine. with latesh Aadhaar card Copy, Sushil and Vasant went to a vaccine center in Dindoli.
With the help of the vaccine center staff, they found that Latesh had received the first dose of the vaccine two months ago from a government immunization center in Nanamangalam area of Bengaluru.
“We got the local landline number of the government vaccination center and spoke to the official. When we shared the story of our missing son, they shared his current mobile number, which was active,” said Vasant, adding that he feared if Latesh would change his number if he or his wife Anita would call him.
Without trying to call Latesh, the couple went to Bengaluru and reached the vaccination center in Nanamangalam on Monday morning, when they learned that Lathesh had received the second dose of the vaccine on October 21.
Vasant Patel said, “On our request, the immunization center official called Latesh and requested him to visit the vaccination center again to clear some doubts in his Aadhar card and name. Latesh refused saying that he had already received his second dose certificate.
Vasant and Anita leave the vaccination center and decide to call Latesh from their mobile phones. Speaking to The Indian Express, Anita said, “I told her that we had come to Bangalore from Surat to see her one last time, assuring that we would not take her back… I started crying and Latesh was also on the phone. started crying and later he agreed to meet us and gave his office address.”
Vasant and Anita immediately reached the office of the private company where Latesh was working in the marketing department and met their son after three years. During the tearful reunion, Latesh introduces them to his colleagues and later takes their parents for lunch.
Vasant said, “We have sought four days leave for Latesh and are returning to Surat. It is for him to decide whether he wants to stay with us or return to Bengaluru. We told him that even if he failed the exam, there was nothing to worry about. I have another son Dhananjay who is in class 12th.
VU Gadaria of Punagam police station said, “We have come to know that Latesh Patel is based in Bengaluru. The police searched for him a lot but he could not be traced. We will record his statement when he reaches Surat.