Two girls, who went missing last week from Vashi, returned home a day later, police said. The sisters, aged 14 and 12, on October 6, had left home saying they were going to school, which is near their home in Vashi, police said. Their father, who works as a scrap dealer, told the police that it was their first day in school after an eight-day trip to their native village in Uttar Pradesh. A senior police officer said that around 1.30 pm that day, the father dropped by at the school to explain about their long absence to their teachers. “But when he met the teachers, they told him that his daughters had not come to school that day,” said the officer.
After searching for the girls the whole day, the family lodged a complaint at Vashi APMC police station the next day.
An officer at the police station said that a day before their disappearance, the girls’ older brother had found an iPhone in the schoolbag of the 14-year-old girl. “The brother scolded the girl for using the phone, but the father did not say anything and decided to let it go. However, the girl was very upset about it,” said Uday Damale, Assistant Police Inspector, Vashi APMC police station.
During a search for clues, the family also found a scrap of paper with a cellphone number written on it, in the older girl’s schoolbag. The police said that the father called on the number on October 7. “The older girl answered the call and told her father that she did not know where she was but promised to return home with her sister the same evening. But she switched off her phone and the girls did not return home,” said the officer.
Even as the police were tracking the girl’s cellphone location and trying to trace them, on October 8, the girls returned home. “They were in Vashi for one whole day and came back home themselves. They told the father that they decided to skip school and leave home because of being scolded for having the phone,” said Damale.