A police Sub-Inspector (PSI), who had been missing from his Nagpada residence, returned home last month after a three-month absence. He is believed to have fled after being unable to deal with some personal problems and has now resumed work.
PSI Sanjay Chavan (42), posted with the Cuffe Parade police station in South Mumbai, went missing from his home at the Nagpada police quarters on November 2, 2014. Chavan left on the pretext of going to work, but left all his possessions, including his cell phone and wallet, behind.
The disappearance sparked a frantic search, and a cash reward had been offered by the police for any information about his whereabouts and missing person’s posters had been posted at several places in the city.
Chavan, the police said, returned home at the end of February after missing for over three months. He only resumed work two weeks ago after addressing his mental problems, the police said.
“We had been looking for him for a long time, but Chavan returned home on his own and his family is now relieved.
He has not told us much about his reasons for leaving and his whereabouts while he was away from home,” said Shivaji Kadam, senior inspector, Nagpada police station.
When he had last contacted with his family on December 2, 2014 from a PCO in Telangana, the police said that he was looking for work as a painter there, but had not succeeded. He had refused to come back home, despite repeated pleas from his family.
Sharad Barde, senior inspector, Cuffe Parade police station, said that Chavan had managed to address his issues and was happy to have rejoined work. “He had gone away from home because he could not deal with tension in his personal life. Chavan is a religious man, and while away from home, he had visited many temples in Telangana,” he said.