Within a month of filing an FIR about a seven-member family having gone missing from Nalasopara, the Tulinj police have received another complaint of a ‘missing family’. This time, a five-member family living in the Alkapuri area of Nalasopara has been untraceable since January 5.
According to the complaint, Amit Chaubey (32), a street food vendor from Uttar Pradesh, has been missing along with his wife and three children. Complainant Mahesh, a cousin, told the police that Amit, his wife Rita (30), daughters Khushi (10) and Nancy (5), and son Ganesh (7) lived in a rented apartment and that they left on January 5 without informing anyone. Senior police officials said Amit’s cellphone number provided by Ramesh had been unreachable for the last one week.
“We are checking the call data records to get some clues regarding their whereabouts. We are also contacting relatives of the family who live in other cities to see if they have gone there,” said inspector Kiran Kabadi of Tulinj police station. Officers are also trying to find out if there was any feud in the family or they had taken any loan that forced them to go underground.
On December 8, another family from Tulinj was reported to have been missing for the last nine months. Ramesh Igve (55), his wife Mangal, two sons Bhavin (25) and Sachin (24) and daughters-in-law Asha (20) and Ujwala (21) and the latter’s 10-month old daughter have not since returned home. Investigators said they had still been unable to find any clue to locate the family. “This is a nomadic tribe family that keeps moving from one place to other for work. Their relatives at first assumed that they will be back home like they usually do after a few months. They also assumed that they would be in some interior parts of the state since their phones were unreachable. But when they did not come back even after nine months, Asha’s mother filed a complaint,” said an officer.
Police officers said though there was an “oddness” in the coincidence, it was unlikely that the two cases were connected.