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Silent cop agony for family of missing boy

Police are clueless about the whereabouts of a 16-year-old boy a fortnight after he went missing from Gulab Bag.

The family of the boy, Raghav Bihani, feels it’s a lost case now. Raghav’s father Ashok Bihani, who has a kirana shop at Gulab Bag, had lodged an FIR at Sadar police station on January 24.

His son, who was fond of games, particularly cricket and badminton, left home, saying that he was going to play a cricket match at Kaptanpada ground. When he did not return home till late in the evening, his father started searching the boy before informing the police.

Raghav, a resident of Gulab Bag, around 350km northeast of Patna, is a student of DAV Public School. His board examinations are due in March this year. His family made all efforts to find him at his friends and relatives’ house but he could not be traced.

“Raghav had left home around 10.30am. He had informed his mother Kanchan Devi that he was going to Kaptanpada grounds, around 2km northeast of his house,” Ashok said, adding that the entire family is in great agony after the boy went missing. “My work is getting hampered because we are not in a position to do anything,” said the father.

Raghav was his only son, apart from two daughters. “My son’s absence is a traumatic feeling. We are suffering economically because I have kept my shop closed since the day he went missing. The condition of Raghav’s mother Kanchan (43) and grandmother Jashoda Devi (65) is worse. They keep asking me about his whereabouts but I am incapable of responding to their queries. Whenever I strive to know anything about my son, the police say they are doing their job and they would inform us if they get to know anything about him,” said the visibly upset father.

Superintendent of police Ajit Kumar Satyarthi said: “We have already set up a team that is doing its job. We would trace him soon because our information says someone has taken the boy in good faith. It is too early to arrive at any conclusion on whether he had been kidnapped or he was taken with other intention. We cannot set any deadline of his recovery.”