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Thursday , July 19 , 2012
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Cop slack slur in missing case

Krishnagar, July 18: The parents of a Krishnanagar girl missing since July 13 have accused police of doing little to track down their daughter even though the couple have been getting repeated calls from an “unknown person” saying the teenager is with him.

The day Moumita Biswas disappeared, her father Haran had lodged a missing diary with the Krishnanagar police. “They did nothing even after I said I have been getting calls from an unknown person,” he said. “I was even advised by the duty officer to switch off my cellphone if I was tensed,” he added.

Moumita had left home five days ago to visit her elder sister’s house in Sarbamangala, around 500 meters away.

“We searched her in different places, including some of our relatives’ houses, but found her nowhere,” said her father Haran, who runs a beauty parlour in the town.

Haran got the call later in the evening, he said, adding an unknown voice was on the other side.

“The caller said Moumita was with him. He abused us and threatened to kill my daughter if we dared to inform police,” Haran said. “The caller, a male voice, did not demand any ransom,” he added.

“The caller has been using different mobile numbers to threaten us with dire consequence,” Haran’s brother-in-law Kajal Hazra said.

Kajal also accused the police of failing to provide any breakthrough even after the girl’s family gave the phone numbers to them.

“They are basically harassing us and now insisting to lodge a complaint so that they can start an investigation,” he said.

“It is quite surprising why the police are waiting for us to lodge the complaint when the identity of the caller is not known to us,” he added.

Superintendent of police of Nadia, Sabyasachi Raman Mishra, denied the allegations of inaction. “We have taken up the matter quite seriously and trying to track the caller,” he said.

“We have got some tip-offs about the identity of the caller for which we invited parents of the girl to lodge a complaint, but they did not come,” Mishra said.

Rivu Dutta, a lawyer of Calcutta High court, said: “It is always better to lodge a specific complaint in such cases, but at the same time the police can start a case of cognisable offence on its own based on the initial missing diary as they have got subsequent information. It does not matter if the information received is in verbal mode.”