The former chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), K.S. Sudarshan, went missing in Mysore on Friday after going for a morning walk, but was subsequently traced.

Mr. Sudarshan, 81, had come to the city to participate in a private function on August 1 and was staying with his brother Ramesh.

Mr. Sudarshan left the house around 5.30 a.m., but did not return even by 8 a.m. Mr. Ramesh lodged a complaint with the police.

As the news of Mr. Sudarshan’s “disappearance” spread, a large number of RSS activists and local leaders gathered at the house.

Search teams

Commissioner of Police K.L. Sudheer constituted a team to search for him, and RSS activists too formed their own search teams.

It transpired that Mr. Sudarshan, who suffers from dementia, had walked to Kesare and lost his way.

The Commissioner told reporters that Mr. Sudarshan stepped into a house at Rajendra Nagar and sought permission to rest for a while. In the meantime, the resident of the house, Ashok, saw on TV the “missing” news. When Mr. Sudarshan identified himself, Mr. Ashok informed the police, who rushed to the spot and brought Mr. Sudarshan back to his brother’s residence.

Mr. Sudheer said Mr. Sudarshan was a resident of Bhopal and has been given Z category security. But his visit to Mysore was not intimated to the local police.

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