Court summons police officer over missing child

NEW DELHI - The Delhi High Court Monday directed a senior officer of the Uttarakhand police to appear before it over the mysterious disappearance of a 16-year-old boy two months ago.

Senior Superintendent of Police Haridwar and other officials concerned are hereby directed to personally appear before this court July 2, a vacation bench of Justices Manmohan Singh and Suresh Kait said.

The bench also asked the Haridwar police to bring colour photographs of a dead body allegedly recovered from the river Ganga April 16.

The court’s direction came on the petition of Santa Kishore Acharya, a Delhi resident, whose son Subhakanta went missing hours after he reported for duty at Haridwar as a plumber.

The victim, employed as a plumber with a Delhi-based B.C. Patra Sanitation, was asked to go to Haridwar to work in an under-construction house there April 11, the petitioner submitted.

Four days later, the parents of the boy were informed that he drowned in the Ganga and were asked to come and identify the body.

Acharya, in the petition, said the body was not of his son and suspected that the owner of the firm and others had got his son kidnapped.

It was alleged that the owner of the construction firm was inimical to the victim and the police were doing nothing to recover him.


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