Investigation agencies are probing the case of a Yemen national who checked into a hotel in Pune on December 16, 2014, and went missing soon after. The police said the Yemen national was identified as Wajih Yousef Ali Saleh (29). As per the information available with the police, he came to India on a tourist visa with a validity of four months — December 3, 2014, to March 2, 2015.
“He checked into Hotel Choice in Nana Peth around 10.45 am. He paid an advance of Rs 3,000, saying that he would be staying there for a couple of days. He kept his luggage in room number 205. As per norms, the hotel staff noted his details required to fill C-form meant for foreign nationals. He left the hotel after sometime on the same day and did not return,” the police said.
The hotel staff informed the Samartha police station officials. On December 22, the hotel authorities informed the Pune police commissionerate in writing.
Sanjay Patil, Deputy Commissioner of Police of Foreigners’ Registration Office (FRO), confirmed that the Yemen national was untraceable and that appropriate action had been initiated in the case.
However, staff at the Samartha police station said no missing person report was lodged yet. The Pune police have informed the central intelligence agencies about the missing Yemeni. Being on tourist visa, he did report to the FRO on his arrival to the city.
Sources said there were no clues yet about the whereabouts of Saleh. It is being probed whether he knew any person or organisation in Pune. An officer said central investigation agencies may also contact the Yemen Embassy in this case. Meanwhile, a team of the city police has inspected Saleh’s luggage that has been lying in the hotel.
Afghan Army officer who went missing from CME untraced
In another case, search is on for an army officer from Afghanistan, who was undergoing training at the College of Military Engineering (CME) in Pune. He went missing in February, 2014. Identified as Captain Adil Shah (34), he came to the CME in December 2013. The spokesperson of CME told The Indian Express that he was undergoing training to be an instructor in the Afghanistan Army. “He went missing in February, 2014. We had then communicated to the Pune police. We again wrote to the police to seek details of the progress in this case. But till now we have not received any information about him,” the spokesperson said.
A missing report in this case was registered with the Bhosari police station. Despite several attempts, no police or intelligence agencies have been able to trace his location yet. Sources said he came to India on a diplomatic visa and so his details were registered at the FRO, Pune.