Koparkhairane: The police are still clueless about the whereabouts of the cognitively disabled 15-year-old girl, who went missing from Koparkhairane three weeks ago.
According to the police, Surekha Yellu Singh, a native of Pune, stayed with her aunt at sector 19 in Koparkhairane. She went missing on January 25, when reportedly no one else was at house.
"The victim had been staying with her aunt since the six to seven months. Her aunt, a working woman, would leave in the morning and return home in the afternoon. That day when she reached home around 5.30 pm, Surekha was missing," said Pramod Patil, assistant police inspector from Koparkhairane police station.
Her aunt then started searching for her in the building first, and then on the roads, but to no avail. Finally, she approached the police and registered a case.
"My husband and I would leave early in the morning and Surekha would therefore be alone at home. That day when I reached home, she was not there, but the door was unlocked. Initially I thought she must have gone out to buy something for herself. But when she did not return after two to three hours, we started searching for her," said Laxmi Kamble, Surekha's aunt.
"Surekha once told me that some people tried speaking to her whenever she went out and even chased her twice. We don't know if the same people visited our house that day and took her away," she added.
"There are no CCTV cameras installed in the building. Therefore it is not clear if someone kidnapped the teen from that flat as suspected by her relatives. We are investigating the case and hope to solve the case soon," Pawar said.
Similar incidents in Navi Mumbai:
Neel Vilas Shivsaran, 10, went missing from Ghansoli on Monday. The police have registered a kidnapping case but have not found any clue to her whereabouts so far.
Chandini Ansari, 5, went missing while she was playing with some other children in front of her residence at Nerul's sector 28 on November 4. A few residents saw a blue car in thae area a few minutes before she went missing.
Four-and-a-half year old Piyush Chauhan went missing from Turbhe Store in 2012, when his mother was busy with her household chores. Coincidentally, it was November 14, when the whole nation was celebrating Children's day that emphasizes the importance of giving love to children. Cops are still investigating these cases.