Danielkutty, 52, a Tamil repatriate from Sri Lanka working as a watcher on a cardamom plantation of the Kerala Forest Development Corporation at Gavi, has been waiting for the return of his wife, Bhoolokalakshmi, 47.
She has been missing from their labour quarters near the Pachakkanam forest station at Kochu Pampa since August 13, 2011. When Mr. Danielkutty returned from Nagercoil after meeting Dency, he was shocked to see his wife missing from their quarters. The news shook Gavi.
She was a clerk at the KFDC office. Their son, Denny, is an electrician in Coimbatore and daughter, Dency, a degree student in Nagercoil.
Mr. Danielkutty suspects that she was abducted by certain anti-social elements on the previous night. Their son had called her up at 8 p.m., the last call recorded on her mobile phone. Mr. Danielkutty knocked on many doors, seeking help to trace his wife but to no avail. As many as 200 KFDC workers reached Pathanamthitta in a dozen jeeps all the way from Gavi and staged a dharna in front of the office of the Superintendent of Police, protesting against the alleged police inaction.
The police investigation team had taken a Forest Department official into custody six months ago. He was taken to different parts of Gavi for collecting evidence.
Mr. Danielkutty and other people of the colony say the man had even confessed to the police that he was behind the abduction. But he was freed in two days.
“My plea before the government is to ensure justice to our family and the people of Gavi as a whole,” Mr. Danielkutty says with folded hands and in tears.