Missing kids: Cops ‘apathy’ adds to parents’ woes

Seventeen-year-old Sahdev Nayak was traced from Mumbai,a month after he went missing from Ahmedabad.

Written by Ujjwala Nayudu | Ahmedabad | Published: March 22, 2012 6:05:02 am

Seventeen-year-old Sahdev Nayak was traced from Mumbai,a month after he went missing from Ahmedabad. He was reportedly working at a photography studio in Malwa area. Nayak had gone missing while playing outside his home in February this year.

Another boy Mohmad Shafi (13) was traced also from Ajmer recently,who went missing from Shahpur in January 2012. He had run away from a madrasa in Dholka as his uncle was forcing him to study there.

Shafi was found working at a tea stall in Ajmer and earning daily wages of Rs 100. After two months,the boy opened up to a visitor at the stall that he ran away from Ahmedabad. The visitor called Shafi’s family and alerted police.

But other children who went missing from various districts of the state in last few years,were not as lucky as them. Shafi and Nayak are among the children who recently went missing from Ahmedabad besides Vishwa Patel (11),Kartik Pathiyachi (16) and Ronak Panchal (12). The investigators have reached a dead end from all roads.

There are children who reportedly went missing more than three years ago,but parents are clueless about their whereabouts and several parents have now lost their hopes. Most of these children belong to the age group of 10 years to 18 years.

A specially-abled boy from Kalol,Atul Sirsale (18),had gone missing from the hostel for deaf and dumb in Ahmedabad in February 2008. He was studying at the special school from his childhood.

His father Ramesh Sirsale said,“There are no special schools in Gandhinagar,so we admitted him in Ahmedabad. He had gone missing on February 2,2008,but nobody knew about it. When he happened to reach there after two days,the hostel claimed that he must have walked away. The police cooperated by giving advertisements in newspapers for a week and that was all.”

Meet Patel (14) of Mehsana went missing when he left for school in July 2008. The parents fought for almost a year,but the police have not lodged an FIR in this connection yet.

His father Pankaj Patel said,“After days of hopeless visits to Mehsana town police station,we gave up. They refused to lodge the FIR,hence the case lies as one of the missing persons report (a non-cognisable offence) with police. They did not even alert neighbouring towns or districts about the kid. We have no hope any more.”

An autistic boy Vishal Makwan (18) of Maninagar went missing mysteriously from his colony in September 2009. He reportedly went to ride his bicycle at a playground in the evening and never returned.

His father Suresh Makwan said,“We used to send him out in the evening to cycle around for a while,otherwise he remained indoors.”

The Ahmedabad Police “cooperated” with Makwan more due to the boy’s mental condition,were compassionate but hardly bothered to follow up the case later. They kept telling Makwan to be patient and wait.

Recently,DGP Chitranjan Singh issued orders to have the missing children’s cases supervised by an SP and IG level officer,and allotted money from their budgets to give advertisements for these missing children.

Nearly 3,800 children went missing from Gujarat from 2006 till now. Out of those,464 were reported “found” in a recent drive of the state CID (crime) — the nodal agency that is working on to trace the missing children.

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