September 10, 2009 1:56:49 am
The Bombay High Court has directed the Director General of Police S S Virk to form a committee in his office to find missing persons in the state.
The direction came after the court was informed that around 16,000 persons have been reported missing in the state so far. A Division Bench of Justice Bilal Nazki and Justice A R Joshi commended DGP Virk for his efforts to trace a four- year-old child in 10 days after the court order.
The High Court was hearing a petition of Ulhasnagar-resident Preeti Chug whose husband Bunty Chug had fled with her four-year-old son Sujal in November 2008.
As the police could not trace the child and absconding father,HC had asked the Director General of Police to file a status report on the progress of the investigation.
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Bunty Chug,who runs a power loom business in the city,absconded with Sujal on November 14,2008,the day Preeti was supposed to get custody of the child following earlier court orders.
Following the HC direction,the police had tracked down the child at Churchgate station last Friday. We are pleased to know that the DGP was able to locate the child in 10 days, Justice Nazki said.
The court said it expects such urgency in all cases and has asked all police stations in the state to keep the DGPs office informed about missing person reports.
Meanwhile,the court has hauled up Chugs husband Bunty for contempt and has made it clear that the court would not leave him.
The judges have summoned Bunty to be present in court on Wednesday. Additional public prosecutor Poornima Kantharia said that Preetis husband is aware that there is a warrant against him.
He will go to jail and we will ensure that he will meet the child,the court said.
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