Cops form teams to trace miss­ing girls from Uran

They left home say­ing they were go­ing for school ad­mis­sion

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI - G Mo­hi­ud­din Jeddy ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The three teenage girls who went miss­ing from Uran last weelk are still un­trace­able.

Ad­di­tional teams have been formed to search for them.

There is still no trace of the girls in a case which has baf­fled the po­lice. With three girls, two of them sis­ters, miss­ing to­gether, res­i­dents of the area are in a shock.

Last Fri­day, the three girls, two of them sis­ters and their friend, had left home say­ing they were go­ing to get ad­mis­sion in school of one of them, while the oth­ers were go­ing to at­tend class. But they did not re­turn, their par­ents have com­plained to Uran po­lice.

The girls have been iden­ti­fied as Akanksha Bharne (17), Anushka Bharne (15) and Sonal Pin­gle (18). Uran po­lice along with teams of Navi Mum­bai po­lice have been ques­tion­ing peo­ple. While there were ini­tially three teams in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case, the num­ber has not been in­creased to six.

The po­lice are work­ing in close co­or­di­na­tion with the miss­ing girls’ par­ents.

Se­nior po­lice in­spec­tor of Uran po­lice sta­tion Ra­jen­dra Avhad said, “We are in­ves­ti­gat­ing from all an­gles and do­ing all that we can to solve the mys­tery. Our in­for­mants have been ac­ti­vated and peo­ple are be­ing ques­tioned.”

Po­lice sources said po­lice teams from other ar­eas of the com­mis­sion­er­ate are also help­ing in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Sources said Akanksha had not scored well in her Class 10 exam and was un­der a lot of pres­sure. The dis­ap­pear­ance could be re­lated to it. There was no of­fi­cial con­fir­ma­tion on it though.

THE CASE

A res­i­dent of Maht­vali in Uran, Akanksha left her home in the morn­ing for seek­ing ad­mis­sion to Class 11 in NI High school.

When she did not re­turn for quite some time, her mother went look­ing for her. When she did not find her, she de­cided to check with her sis­ter Anushka who stud­ies in Class 10. How­ever, Anushka too was not in her class. Her teacher in­formed that Anushka had not come to class that day.

The mother checked with her rel­a­tives and at their friend Sonal’s house who stayed closeby. She was told that Sonal had gone to col­lege. When she tried call­ing her, she found her phone was switched off. When she did not re­turn till the evening, the fam­i­lies reg­is­tered a com­plaint on Mon­day. The po­lice filed a case of kid­nap­ping of the two mi­nor girls and miss­ing per­son of the adult.

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