Police have not been able to trace the whereabouts of a 29-year-old mother of one who went missing Monday afternoon. At 2.56 pm that day, a PCR call from Shipra Malik’s mobile phone was made from Lajpat Nagar. The call lasted a few seconds before getting disconnected and the phone has been switched off since.
Malik, who has a garments business, had left her house in Noida Sector 37 at about 1 pm Monday for Chandni Chowk.
“It has almost been 50 hours since she made that PCR call and we still do not know where she is,” Malik’s brother, Shivang Kataria, said Wednesday.
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“She was supposed to go to Chandni Chowk and meet our mother at Rajiv Chowk. But since her phone was switched off, my mother was wondering if she should leave from home or not. Then my brother-in-law called on Shipra’s number, but it was still switched off,” added Kataria.
A Pearl Academy graduate, she married Chetan Malik, a businessman, in 2010. “She used to run a boutique from a rented shop in Brahmaputra Market, Noida. But there was some issue with the owners of the commercial property and it reached court. She had been running her business from her house for some time,” said Kataria. The couple has a one-and-a-half-year old son. She lives with her husband and in-laws, added Kataria.
Noida Superintendent of Police (City) Dinesh Yadav said, “She left her house around 1.10 pm in her White Swift car. She told her family she was going to Chandni Chowk. As per her location, she crossed Atta Market and went to Lajpat Nagar, from where the PCR call was made.” Noida police have registered a case of kidnapping under section 363 of Indian Penal Code.
The police suspect that something may have happened when she reached Delhi. “Around one kilometre away from her house, her Swift car was found in Sector 29. If you are crossing that road and area, and anything happens, people would notice. That area is very crowded, especially during the day,” said Yadav. He added no untoward happening had been reported from the area that day.
“It is possible that she might have gone with somebody and something happened when she reached Delhi… It seems that something has happened there.”
This is the second such incident which has been reported in Delhi NCR area within a month. On February 10, Snapdeal executive Dipti Sarna had gone missing on her way home from office near Raj Nagar Extension area. Three days later, however, Sarna returned home after her abductors let her go.
“I hope my sister returns home safe soon,” said Kataria.
After leaving her house, Malik had met her husband near Brahmaputra Market and also spoke to Kataria over the phone, according to the police. “Brahmaputra Market is a couple of minutes away from her house. She crosses the market after leaving home and meets her husband around 1.13 to 1.14pm. When she is around Atta, she speaks to her brother,” said Yadav.
Kataria confirmed he had spoken to his sister around 1.15 to 1.20 pm. “After she met my brother-in-law, she took a left to go towards Great India Place mall.” Around 5pm, her younger brother-in-law spotted her car in Sector 29.