The Telegraph
Wednesday , August 6 , 2014
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Family looks for missing medic

The family of a 24-year-old medical student is busy making rounds of official quarters after he went missing close to a month ago.

Amarjeet Kumar, a third-year student of MS Ramaiah Medical College in Bangalore, lived with two roommates in a private hostel. On July 7, he left for the institute around 2.5km away but never reached. His cellphone is also switched off.

Amarjeet’s roommates informed his father Sahdeo Rai, a resident of Hajipur in Vaishali district, the next day after which he rushed to the southern city. An FIR has been lodged.

Rai is a zila parishad member and claims not to have enmity with anyone. Still, he does not rule out the chance of Amarjeet been kidnapped.

Now, back in Bihar, Rai has been running from pillar to post to find his son. Amarjeet has a younger brother.

On Monday, Rai, the vice-chairman of Vaishali zila parishad, also called on chief secretary Anjani Kumar Singh, principal secretary, home, Amir Subhani and director-general of police P.K. Thakur seeking their intervention.

The senior officials assured Rai of cooperation. The chief secretary later spoke to his Karnataka counterpart, too, requesting the administration to help find the 24-year-old.

Sources in the home department said Subhani, too, spoke to officials in Karnataka and inquired about the progress in the investigation. “Till date Bangalore police have failed to make any headway in the case,” an officer said.

Rai said he decided to meet the senior officials after his personal efforts to find Amarjeet proved futile. “I left for Bangalore on July 8 to meet the medical college’s principal and also Bangalore police officers but in vain. I am at a loss what to do now,” he told The Telegraph over phone on Wednesday.

He has also sought an appointment with chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.

Rai said he received news about his son from his two roommates. Amarjeet’s mobile phone, which is also missing, has been switched off.

“I returned to Hajipur recently after spending a few days in Bangalore. I apprehend foul play,” he said.

“I have been active in politics for over three decades. But I don’t have enmity with anyone, which could have led to the incident,” he added.