Kohima, Jan. 3: Everyday, Niranjan Pal visits all the bus stations and the railway station in Dimapur, hoping against hope to find his 12-year-old daughter who went missing from their house on December 28.
He has already made several rounds of the police stations, but without any success.
Pal, a cycle mechanic, said his wife Mamata had chided their daughter Rupa, a student of Pranab Vidyapith Higher Secondary School, around 6.30 that evening after which the girl cried and went outside their cycle-repairing shop, which is attached to their rooms in Dhobinala junction.
When she did not return even after half-an-hour, the couple went out to call her but couldn’t find her. They raised an alarm and searched every nook and corner along with their neighbours.
The next day, they filed an FIR with the women’s cell at East police station. The police conducted a house-to-house search in the vicinity but without much headway.
After a few days, Pal went to the women’s cell again but the policewomen narrated the difficulty they were facing and expressed their inability to do anything till they had a clue.
Pal went to West police station, but the personnel there expressed their inability to do anything unless the women police cell sought their help officially. He also reported the case to Dimapur railway station police.
Pal believes his daughter has fallen into the clutches of traffickers. He visits the railway station and Assam-bound bus stations every day, hoping to find his daughter if the kidnappers attempt to traffic her to Assam.
Rupa’s parents have also aired her picture on the city cable. They say she is “a four-foot, good-looking girl with curly black hair and dusky complexion”.
Abduction and killings by militants have increased in Dimapur over the years. The town has become a hub of militants who take advantage of the ongoing ceasefire between the Centre and the Naga militant groups. The state government says there are at least a dozen rebel outfits in the town.