July 30, 2009 3:47:23 am
With rising cases of child and women trafficking,and involvement of minors in criminal activities,the crime branch of Pune police has begun to take serious note of missing persons in the city.
As many as 72 persons have been reported missing since January this year in the jurisdiction of Pune police commissionerate,but the police have so far traced only five of them. Of the 67 persons still missing,20 are men,27 women,seven boys and 13 girls.
Additional Commissioner of Police (Crime) Prabhat Kumar said the crime branch had initiated steps to trace these people. Only five of the 72 missing persons this year have been traced. We are looking into the matter seriously as there are cases of human trafficking. The involvement of crime syndicate in missing person cases cannot be ruled out.
Many missing persons do come back,but do not inform the police. So there is a possibility that many of those who are reported missing on police records may have returned. However,even if five per cent of those who are still missing become a victim of the crime world,the situation is alarming, Kumar said.
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The crime branch has collected data of persons reported missing since January. Kumar said no offence is registered when a person goes missing and the case is recorded in the missing persons register at the police station-level.
Prima-facie,we have found that the missing persons mostly include less-educated people from slum areas who have migrated for job without informing their family or friends. Then there are some who have left home following disputes with family, he said.
Police sources said some youngsters involved in love affairs also go away from home without informing the family. However,the police also suspect the involvement of criminals who force women and children into flesh trade,beggary and criminal activities.
Investigations will be made to find out the details of persons who are still missing on our records. Serious cases will be further investigated and an analysis will be done to know if there is an involvement of any organised crime syndicate, Kumar said.
At first,we will be investigating the cases since 2009. Later on,the missing cases since 2007 will be taken up.
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