Ashok Kumar Singh is tired of knocking on the doors of senior police officers and the chief minister in search of his missing son.
The septuagenarian from the Harnichak area in the town has been for 10 months visiting the offices of the station house officer (SHO), the director-general of police (DGP) and even chief minister Nitish Kumar to know the whereabouts of his 22-year-old son, Ravi Ranjan, but in vain.
“I am tired. I have no strength to move from one office to another. Forget about the police, even my plea before the chief minister at his janata durbar has proved a futile exercise,” Singh told The Telegraph.
Singh, who always carries a bag containing documents of his son and copies of letters sent to the officials, feared Ravi might have been abducted. But he said the family never received any ransom call. “It is a fact that I have never received any ransom call. But it is also true that my son is traceless since February 12, 2012. He had left home to go to Calcutta for a competitive examination, but he never returned,” Singh said.
While leaving home, Ravi had told the family that he would return soon after the examination. On February 13, he called his mother on her mobile phone and said he would reach Patna within a couple of days. He, however, appeared a bit frightened on the phone, his father said.
The family apprehended trouble when he did not return till February 18. Thereafter, Singh reported the matter to the Phulwarisharif police station and a missing case was lodged. As the police had not lodged the case under relevant sections of IPC, Singh approached court and managed to issue necessary instructions to the Phulwarisharif police.
On February 27, 2012 he met Patna senior superintendent of police Amrit Raj and submitted a petition seeking his personal intervention in the case. He later called on DGP Abhayanand at his office and sought his intervention. The DGP promised him to help him, but nothing happened.
Finding no way out, Singh submitted a petition to the chief minister’s secretariat on May 5, 2012. Later, he sought information under Right to Information Act. “Aapke case mein karwayee ho rahi rai (action is underway),” the letter sent from the chief minister’s secretariat said.
Unsatisfied with the reply, Singh decided to approach the state information commission and handed it a petition on August 24, 2012. The information was sought from the Patna SSP’s office, which, in turn, said investigation was in progress.
“Tell me what should I do to get my son back?” he asked, adding, Ravi, who was graduating in arts, used to help him in his business.