An Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) official whose job is to inspect mines in Orissa went missing under mysterious circumstances more than two months ago, his family who brought their hunt from him to Delhi said on Thursday.
The official’s family said his Facebook password was altered a month ago and the server was traced to Uttarakhand, although there was no news about him.
Ibrahim Shareif (34) who belongs to Bellary in Karnataka, was posted as an assistant controller of mines in Bhubhaneswar for the past two years. Shareif has been married for the past seven years, and had moved to Orissa after getting a job with IBM. Before moving to Orissa, Shareif was in Goa with a private company.
“We have neither received any ransom call yet nor heard anything about his whereabouts. We have been going to the Orissa Police every day now, but are yet to hear anything from them. We met the Karnataka chief minister who sent a police team to Orissa, but the latter refused to help them,” said B Giddu, Shareif’s father.
The family has written to the home minister. They also met Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah in Delhi on Thursday. “We met him and he has assured us of help,” Giddu said.
Shareif’s elder brother Subhan said, “We belong to a modest background and do not have the money to sustain this search any more. Every time we travel from Karnataka to Orissa or Delhi, it is a drain on our resources.” When contacted, Bhubaneswar Police Commissioner Dr R P Sharma told The Indian Express that his team was trying to trace the official, but had had no success. “There have been no tangible leads so far. His mobile phone has been switched off since December 4 while the password of his Facebook account was changed on December 14 from a cyber cafe in Joshimath. Our team spoke to the cyber cafe owner, but he could not give any clue as to who had logged on,” he said. “His family did not specify any threat from the mining mafia.”
Sharma said he was personally monitoring the case on a day to day basis.
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