The Himachal Pradesh police on Thursday set up a search team, to be headed by Manali DSP Puneet Raghu, as it intensified its search for Bruno Muschalik, a Polish national who had gone missing in Kullu district on August 7.
Four other teams comprising home guards, police and local people from the Manikaran region have been sent to different locations in Manali and Manikaran to trace Bruno. Police said they were informed about the missing foreigner by Michel Zawistowski, the security officer at the Polish Embassy in New Delhi. They added that Zawistowski informed them that Bruno had plans to hike in the higher reaches of Manikaran.
“Bruno reached Manali on August 7 and stayed at the Monalsu Guest House. He left the guest house on the morning of August 9 and went towards Leh. He left some luggage in the guest house, informing the staff that he would collect it after 10-15 days,” said S R Rana, SP ( law and order).
Police are now analysing footage from a CCTV camera installed in the Kullu bus stand. Staff on the buses that ply between Leh and Manikaran are also being questioned for potential clues on Bruno’s whereabouts. The Kullu police further said they are in regular touch with the Polish Embassy.
Kullu Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Kanwar said the district administration had circulated an advisory for foreign visitors regarding places they choose to visit and keeping the local police informed about their plans. Kanewar added that foreign visitors had also been advised to take the help of registered local guides when they go trekking. “In this particular case, the foreigner has perhaps strictly not followed the advisory. Police are working hard to trace him,” he said.