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With Mahabharata in hand, Mumbai engineer found living in Madhya Pradesh cave since lockdown – India Today

The police in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh have found a man living in a cave ever since the lockdown began in the country on March 24. It has been almost a month of the lockdown that will continue till May 3.

The man, a software engineer and a resident of Mumbai, had embarked on Narmada Parikrama, a popular pilgrimage in the area when he got stranded in the forests. Authorities have now handed him over to his relatives.

Virendra Singh Dogra was found living in a cave on Sunday evening in the forests of Udaipura in Raisen district. He had a few clothes and a copy of the Mahabharata in his possession.

Superintendent of Police, Raisen, Monica Shukla told India Today that Virendra Singh had embarked on Narmada Parikrama but abandoned the journey midway. The parikrama involves circumambulating the Narmada River on foot from its source in Amarkantak, Madhya Pradesh to the river mouth in Gujarat.

Sources said when the lockdown began on March 22 in the state, Virendra Singh stopped at Kuandevri village at the house of his relative Shashibhushan.

On Sunday evening, cattle-grazers spotted Virendra in the cave and reported the matter to forest department and police.

Virendra told the police that he is a resident of Navi Mumbai and showed them the phone number of his sister in Hyderabad, who then corroborated the story to the police.

Virendra was sent to his relatives’ house in Kuandevri village.