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Kolkata ham radio portal now tracks missing persons across India

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Amateur radio operators around Kolkata have now gone beyond their passion to communicate freely with others across the globe. They now reunite missing people with their families. A portal launched by the West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC) — — nearly a year ago, in association with the disaster management department and other agencies, is regularly receiving requests from across the country to trace missing people. The latest request has come from the family of a
soldier who went missing from his camp in Nashik, Maharashtra.

“It seems that Havildar Dayaram Anjane went missing from the artillery depot in Nashik on Tuesday. He was due to retire on Friday. The Army declared that Anjane, a resident of Harda district in Madhya Pradesh, has been absent and alerted the police. His family also got in touch with the police and were surprised at that he went missing from the camp,” said Ambarish Nag Biswas, secretary, WBRC.

“We received a photograph of the missing soldier and circulated it among our members, as well as other operators across the country. Hopefully, somebody will be able to provide some information,” he said.

So far, has received 937 requests from people whose relatives went missing. Till now, 689 people have been traced by the amateur radio operators and efforts are on to trace the others. The operators said that though they receive no remuneration for their efforts, it gives them immense satisfaction when people are reunited with their families, sometimes after several years.

Recently, a forest guard from Tadoba in Maharashtra was reunited with his family after nearly 25 years. Such is their zeal that the radio buffs spend out of their pockets and take leaves from work to track people.

“It started during our deployment at the Gangasagar Mela. Every year, we would find many people left behind by large groups from other states. That was when we started using our vast network to try and track their families,” Nag Biswas said.


Source: Times of India

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