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Now anti-human trafficking unit to trace woman, girl missing for over six months

Mother of Poonam and father of Neetu with their photos. Mother of Poonam and father of Neetu with their photos.
By: Express News Service | Chandigarh | Posted: April 12, 2014 2:40 am

Having failed to find a woman and a girl who have been missing for more than six months, both from colony number 4, the police have decided to refer their cases to the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit.

While 27-year-old Poonam, who is mentally unstable, went missing on August 12 last year, 15-year-old Neetu has been missing since September 9.

Said Deputy Superintendent of Police (East) Anjitha Chepyala, “Since we are unable to find them, we will be recommending the cases to AHTU who can contact similar units in nearby states to find them.”

According to the police, Poonam, a mother of four who was pregnant, left her residence on her own and never returned. But her mother Sunita said her daughter had been abducted by some persons who are also residents of colony number 4.

“I have been visiting the police station regularly for the last many months, but they never give a satisfactory reply,” she complained.

However, the DSP said they had investigated the case from all angles, but made no progress. “We checked nursing homes, we arrested the persons Sunita had named as suspects and questioned, but we could not find any clue,” said Chepyala.

Neetu used to stay alone at her residence after her father Om Prakash left for work. Her mother had died and elder brother had married and lived separately.

“My daughter was not at home when I returned that day. I have looked for her everywhere and I can’t find her. Every time I go to the police, they ask me to leave,” said Om Prakash

He suspects that his son’s parents may have a hand in Neetu’s disappearance. “My son married a girl of his choice. When I expressed my disapproval, his in-laws had threatened me,” Om Prakash said.

In this case too, the DSP said they arrested the persons whom Om Prakash had named in the FIR and questioned them, but failed to find a clue.

The DSP said that both Sunita and Om Prakash had met Senior Superintendent of Police Sukhchain Singh Gill. They had now decided to refer the cases to the AHTU, added the DSP.

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