BHUBANESWAR: It has been 12 days since a junior engineer (JE) working for the State Government has gone missing from the Capital City, but the Khandagiri police has no clue of his whereabouts.
While the family of missing youth, Rudra Narayan Prusty, has been running from pillar to post to make their plight heard, police registered an FIR 10 days after he went untraceable.
As the local police did not pay any heed to their pleas, the distressed family approached Additional Commissioner of Police (CP) PS Ranpise and apprised him of the apathetic attitude they were subjected to. “It was only after the Additional CP took note of the matter, there was slight progress in our case,” Rudra’s mother Kalyani Prusty said.
Ranpise directed Khandagiri police to register a kidnapping case under Section 359 of the IPC. Even after a case was filed, the police have not been prompt to trace the cellphone location or get call detail records of the 25-year-old engineer.
According to Rudra’s sister, on January 25, Rudra was asked by her father to meet him at Naka gate in the afternoon. Since then, there has been no update about Rudra who was recently posted at Kankadahada block in Dhenkanal district as junior engineer.
The family had managed to trace the last call from Rudra’s phone at Unit VI area from where his motorcycle was found, a day after he went missing. “An official of Khandagiri police even asked us to approach Capital Police as Unit VI comes under its jurisdiction,” Kalyani said.
She alleged that she and her two daughters were rebuked by the investigating officer for privately tracking her son’s mobile location and were threatened of dire consequences for doing so.
Meanwhile, Bhubaneswar Zone III ACP Pratap Swain said the investigation is in the right direction. “We had detained Rudra’s father for questioning whose statements were incoherent and suspicious,” he added.