The Greater Noida Police has closed the missing person’s report filed at Knowledge Park police station two weeks ago, in connection with the disappearance of 19-year-old Sharda University student Ahtisham Bilal. Police said they had concluded after investigation that Ahtisham left Delhi on October 28 willingly and the last place he was found active, as per his call details records, was Srinagar.
“We scanned CCTV footage and questioned people to trace his whereabouts. We found that Ahtisham left the city on his own accord and the case now falls under J&K Police jurisdiction owing to his last location. Our team returned from Srinagar after handing over the case,” SP (Rural) Vineet Jaiswal said.
Bilal, a first-year student of medical imaging technology at Sharda University, went missing from the campus on October 28. According to police, his last traced location, at 2.30 pm the same day, was in Srinagar.
Three weeks before his disappearance, Bilal was allegedly beaten up by a group following tensions between Afghan and Indian students on the campus.
A week ago, an audio message surfaced on social media in which the student purportedly says he has joined an Islamic State (IS)-inspired militant group in the Valley. The family has been informed by the J&K Police that they are reviewing footage from Srinagar Airport.