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Missing owner of Rs 1300-cr plot back home, thanks to destitute home staff

With three wings of police handling probe, case has exposed lack of co-ordination and centralised system of collating data on missing persons.

Nikhil Jhaveri, the owner of a Rs 1,300 crore plot at Nepean Sea Road and who had gone missing from his sister’s home in Kandivali in December last year, has been reunited with the family. Jhaveri, 49, spent two months in a home for the destitute in Gorai while the police and his family searched for him, only because a police officer who had sent him there was on leave. He was reunited after officials from the home tracked his family down.

With three wings of the police handling the probe, the case has exposed the lack of co-ordination and centralised system of collating data on missing persons.

Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Himanshu Roy confirmed that Jhaveri had been found but did not go into the details of the case.

Jhaveri suffers from Huntington’s Disease, a condition which affects muscle co-ordination and causes psychiatric problems. As a result of his condition, he was known to go missing on several occasions in the past but was always found either in the home of a family member or friend, said the family.

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The family had tracked his movements on December 3, after he left early morning to smoke. Security footage from nearby buildings showed Jhaveri had a smoke and then ventured to a tea stall. He was last seen at 6.40 am walking away from the apartment complex.

According to the police, he was found at Borivali railway station a few hours later, behaving in an eccentric manner. “Passersby called the police, mistaking him for a beggar,” said an officer from Samta Nagar police station.

He was then taken to Borivali police station, where officials said, Jhaveri could neither stand upright nor tell them his name. “He had a piece of paper with Shanti Sadan Ashram, a home for the destitute in Gorai, written on it.
The person who called the police may have written the note and given it to Jhaveri. I assumed that he had been admitted there previously, so wrote to the Ashram asking them to take him in,” said sub-inspector Swati Yadav of the Borivali police station.

Yadav said as Jhaveri claimed that he had no family, he was sent to the Ashram.

Jhaveri’s family registered a missing person’s complaint at the Samta Nagar police station on December 7. In late December, Yadav went on 25-day leave.

“We made inquiries at every police station in the northern suburbs, but as the officer at Borivali police station was on leave, we did not receive any confirmation from them,” said the Samta Nagar official.

“We did receive queries about Jhaveri, but did not link it with the man sent to the Ashram on December 3,” said Narayan Khaire, senior inspector, Borivali police station.

Yadav, who resumed work five days ago, said she was informed that Jhaveri had been reunited with his family on Saturday.

srinath.rao@expressindia.com