Stressed-out Chinese man stresses out cops
Bangalore, July 17, 2012, DHNS:
This visitor from China decided to take a walk to let out the work stress that had taken a toll on him. But that was enough to have the authorities on the tenterhooks.
At the end of the day, however, they were happy that the episode of the foreign national going missing did not snowball into a diplomatic issue.
Li Jian Ping, part of a team of experts visiting the Hospet Steel factory of the Kalyani group of companies near Ginigera in the taluk, decided to take a stroll and inhale the early morning fresh air on Tuesday. The team is here on a business visa and Ping is the plant advisor.
When the 41-year-old man’s other four expatriates woke up and found that he was not in the room of the in-premises guest house of the company, they looked for him in and around the place, but to no avail. They alerted V P Duggappa, the general manager of the firm’s human resources department. Duggappa, in turn, registered a missing complaint at the Munirabad police station. To make matters worse, Ping lost his way and his mobile phone too. Having no means to contact his colleagues and at sea over not knowing any language other than Chinese, the visitor from the neighbouring country was at his wit’s end. By now, TV channels had gone on air with the news.
As the shadows lengthened, Ping had covered a good distance and reached the Kirloskar factory at Bevinahalli village of the taluk. Local residents, who had come to know about the missing man from China through TV, saw him near the factory and informed the police, who helped Ping rejoin his colleagues.
B S Prakash, the Superintendent of Police, gave the news about finding the Chinese delegate at a hurriedly convened press conference in the evening. He said the union ministries of home and external affairs had been informed about the happy end to the episode.
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