Man in voluntary confinement for 47 years

When others fled for their lives during the Chinese aggression, Thula Borah, now 63, remained locked inside the room in his house at Deuri Gaon near Tezpur in Assam’s Sonitpur district. He chose not to leave the room even during the troubled period when enemy troops almost stormed the surrounding areas and people were being evacuated.

Borah had flunked matriculation examinations and, unable to incur his mother’s wrath, has been a recluse since 1962. Borah didn’t come out of his room even when his mother expired or when his brother got married.

“I had tried to goad Borah to come out of the room but failed to convince him, though he gave no reason for his voluntary confinement,” Satyan Goswami, a senior police officer, said.

Goswami was posted in Borah’s area during the early part of his career and was familiar with Borah’s confinement. His family members said Borah has never set his foot outside the room in the last 47 years.

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