Drug Addict In life, Leaves Behind A Legacy Of Love, Unity In Death

Final resting place with the name of the dead man misspelt. Image Credit: Sangai Photo.

NEW DELHI, Feb 13 :  He was a drug addict, led the life of a scavenger, had no roof over his head, the flyover in Munirka Delhi doubling up as his house, bed and resting place, an abode he shared with three other addicts. No one knows his parentage, except that he hailed from Churachandpur and that his name was Hangminlen Haokip.  Yet in his death, the Kuki Students’ Organization, Delhi has learnt an invaluable lesson, that has everything to do with love, unity, care and concern from the brief story it has been able to collect so far.

On February 11, a 30 year old youth identified as Hangminlen Haokip of Churachandpur passed away at about 11.45 pm at the LNJP hospital Delhi. The funeral service was held the next day at the South West Delhi Christian Cemetery in Dwarka, Delhi, said KSO, Delhi in a statement today.

Apart from the KSO, Delhi and Delhi Lompi, the funeral service was attended by members of the Kuki Worship Service, Delhi and many other Kukis presently staying at Delhi.

The student organization said that though the funeral service is over, they are yet to ascertain the identity of the late man’s father. Moreover the name of his not traceable, it said and added that since no one came forward to claim the body, KSO, Delhi claimed it.

Giving a brief story of the deceased and his companions, the student body said that he (Thangminlen Haokip) and his three friends were hooked to drugs. After facing financial problems they took shelter under the fly over at Munirka and have been living there since November last year.

This came to light when their story was narrated to some KSO Delhi, leaders staying at Munirka.

Immediately the vice president of the student body conducted a spot inquiry and found the conditions of the other three pathetic. The matter was then relayed to the KSO advisor Khupthang and the four were brought to the advisor’s residence where they were given medical treatment. After discussing the matter in November last year amongst the KSO, Kuki Worship Service, Gangte Welfare Association and Vaiphei Welfare Association, it was decided that the four youths would be admitted to the Last Resort Rehabilitation Centre in Delhi.

After one month, two of the youths started improving, but the conditions of the other two deteriorated.

The youths who had improved returned to their homes at Churachandpur while Hangminlen Haokip and his friend Sasang Vaiphei were admitted to LNJP hospital on February 11. Haokip passed in the night while Sasang is in critical conditions.

Though drug addicts and having strayed from the mainstream of life, the four showed the rare quality of love and unity towards each other, observed KSO and added that the youths belonged to different tribes but this did not stop them from helping each other.

During the day time two of them would go out to scavenge for food for their friends who were on their last leg of life and remained unconscious.

It is this quality which has had a profound impact, said KSO and added this is an example for all.

The student organization has expressed its gratitude to all the organizations and individuals who extended their help and stood by them through the fateful days.

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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