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Missing father case under Delhi lens

The ministry of home affairs (MHA) has taken cognisance of a fatherís disappearance from a missionary school here and has asked the home department to ensure his safe recovery.

The management of St Josephís School had requested Father Joseph Cherikilapil (71) to look after the school during its summer vacation and to hold services at the Sahebganj church in place of Father Amal Raj. Father Cherikilapil was last seen stepping out of the school around 11.30am on June 1 but never came back. Suffering from acute diabetes, Father Cherikilapil did not inform anyone where he was going to that day.

The school employees present on June 1 later found the fatherís wallet, cellphone and other personal belongings intact inside his room at the school. On June 2, the school management apprised the police of the fatherís disappearance. Relatives of the missing father arrived from Kerala last week but returned on Saturday.

Lalmatiya police with whom the missing complaint was lodged have started interrogating school employees and outsiders with whom the father had interacted. The sleuths are also verifying the call details of the fatherís cellphone.

Jitendra Kumar, the inspector-general of police (Bhagalpur range), has instructed Rajesh Kumar, the senior superintendent of police, Bhagalpur, to ensure the fatherís safe recovery. According to sources, the MHA came to know about the incident through the local wing of the central intelligence and thereafter, the home department at Patna was alerted.

Following the MHAís intervention, senior officers here asked the police to verify every single incident related to the missing father.