Bombay Rajan's final wish granted; migrant worker to perform his last rites
Kannur: Once rich, Bombay Rajan had nothing at the time of his death. Except for his ailing wife Sobha, he had no home of his own and had no one for help during his last days. However, his diary was found after his death and he had written in it that Amit Kumar, a migrant worker from Rajasthan, whom he considered as his son, should be allowed to perform his last rites.
Rajan, who was fondly called as Bombay Rajettan by the locals, was living in a rented quarters in Thamarassery near the Mayyil panchayat office for more than 40 years. Amit Kumar, who lives in Iritti, was informed by the neighbors after Rajan's diary was found. Rajan had written in it that Amit Kumar should be given the right to perform his last rites. Upon hearing the news, Amit arrived on his bike.
Locals came to know about Amit Kumar, a labourer from Rajasthan who had been working hard for the family, only after the passing of Rajan. For more than six years, Amit Kumar has been managing the expenses of food for Rajan and his wife. They used to have food from Choice Hotel in Mayyil-Kanjirode road. Once a month, he came and paid the hotel bills.
Rajan died of age-related ailments on Monday morning. Rajan and his wife came to Mayyil 40 years ago, after quitting his job in a private company in Mumbai. Though he is a native of Thamarassery, he had no relatives. The couple did not have any children. The natives called him Bombay Rajettan.
Even though Rajan started a private banking firm in Mayyil, his business failed as many people did not pay back the loans. Amit lived in a rented house near their house 10 years ago. Rajan and Amit became friends as both could speak Hindi fluently. Soon after, he started taking care of the family like a son.
Amit later moved to Iritty but continued to help the family. He was allowed to perform his last rites at a funeral conducted by his neighbours TV Radhakrishnan, KV Prabhakaran, Malayi Rajan, K Damodaran and Mohan Karakeel.