AIZAWL, April 10 - An apparently mentally deranged youth, who had wandered into East Lungdar village in Mizoram, has turned out to be a Vietnamese national.
The shabbily-dressed 25-year-old man had walked into the village on April 1, to the utter surprise of the local task force that was enforcing the lockdown.
He did not respond to questions asked by the volunteers of the task force.
�All he did was smile. It appeared that he did not understand what we were saying,� said Lalzirtira, one of the volunteers.
As per the government directives, he was quarantined at the BSNL quarters, a designated quarantine facility looked after by BSNL staff.
The local task force then took to the social media and uploaded his photograph, seeking information about him. They also sought help of the Mizos living in Myanmar as they thought he could be a Myanmarese citizen.
After a few days, information was received from Myanmar that he is a former inmate of a rehabilitation centre in Yangon, who was released by his attendants since he could not communicate with them.
The local task force then contacted missionaries from Mizoram working in Cambodia and Vietnam, and it was found that he can speak Vietnamese when a missionary in that country spoke to him over phone. It was also learnt that his name is Da (pronounced as Yang) Phuc, and that he hails from Can Tho in Vietnam. He, however, could not give a clear account of how he entered Mizoram.
Though East Lungdar is not far from the international border with Myanmar, he would have walked past a number of villages to reach there.
On completion of his 14-day quarantine period, the Vietnamese youth will be handed over to the Serchhip Police.