Lost and found: UP MLA’s ‘missing’ wife found 23 km away from home

“My wife was in an advanced state of amnesia,” says MLA Sitaram Verma

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Pushpa Verma, wife of BJP legislator Sitaram Verma, vanished from their family home in Lucknow on Wednesday morning, but was found by the evening in Barabanki’s Safedabad after several police teams were pressed into action. The distance between the two places is around 23 kilometres. 

Sitaram Verma, 75, represents Lambhua constituency in Sultanpur. 

On Wednesday morning, Pushpa left home around 6 am without informing anyone. When the family realised that she was missing, they went around in search of her. She had been spotted last near India Nagar’s Aurbindo Park. 

The MLA was informed about his wife’s disappearance by his son (retired) Lt Pankaj Kumar, who then lodged a missing person’s report at the local police station. The MLA reached Lucknow a while later. 

The family claimed that Pushpa was prone to forgetfulness and was also under medication for the same. 

Ten police teams were immediately set into motion. They examined CCTV footage and also took to social media putting out details of Pushpa’s disappearance. 

Sitaram Verma said that his wife was in an advanced state of amnesia and dismissed any probability of a domestic dispute behind his 65-year-old wife’s disappearance. 

When recovered from Safedabad, a visibly disheveled Pushpa did not seem to be cognizant of her surroundings, but willingly went with the police team who took her to her family members. 

DCP North Qasim Abdi, who led the search, said, “We extensively distributed photos of her to make it possible for people to come up with any information they might had of spotting her”. 

Till the time of filing of this report, there was no information on how Pushpa had reached Safedabad.

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