VELLORE: The district police have dispatched two special teams to Erode district to track the 24-year-old Dalit girl, Pavithra of Kutchipalayam in Pallikonda, who has now been missing for more than a month.
The death of Shameel Ahmed (26) of Ambur Town derailed the investigation to locate the girl.
The mother of a three year-old girl went missing on May 24.
The woman’s husband Palani filed a missing case with the Pallikonda Station the following day.
Inquiry into the missing case revealed that Pavithra had an affair with Shameel Ahmed.
The inquiry further divulged that they developed an illicit affair when they were working in a private firm in Pallikonda. After learning about their relationship, the management of the firm sacked them both.
Ahmed moved to Erode after he got a job in a jewellery showroom.
After leaving the house, Pavithra reportedly contacted Ahmed, who asked her to come to Erode.
“Ahmed hired a house and asked Pavithra to stay there for a few days. He also contacted Pavithra’s family members on June 13 and told them that he was sending Pavithra to Pallikonda and that she would get there in three hours,” Ahmed’s friend M Firdosi told Express.
However, she did not reach Pallikonda.
Meanwhile, Palani approached the High Court and filed a habeas corpus writ. Following this, the police intensified their investigation.
However, the case got derailed following the death of Ahmed on June 28 at the Rajiv Gandhi GovernmentGeneral Hospital in Chennai.It resulted in a major law and order situation as protestors attackedseve-ral police personnel including women cops claiming that Ahmed died due to injuries sustained inillegal custody between June 15 and 19.
The focus now is to nab the attackers and restore normalcy in the disturbed area. In the process, the police lost track of Pavithra’s case.
Police officials now say that they have launched a search for the woman and have sent special teams to Erode.
“We are looking for her. We are yet to get information about her whereabouts,” said a police officer.