Friends of Leena Sharma, a former employee of US Embassy school in Delhi who went missing a week ago during her visit to maternal home town in Hoshangabad, have amped up Save Leena campaign on Facebook after the police investigation went cold.
Leena had come to her native place in Sohagpur to demarcate her 35-acre ancestral property against the wishes of her maternal uncle and local Congress leader Pradeep Sharma. He and a few others had encroached on least 11 acres of the land, said Hoshangabad superintendent of police AP Singh.
She planned to settle down in Jaipur or Delhi after sharing the sale proceeds with her elder sister, said a friend of hers from their school days in Bhopal.
Leena had come down to get the entire tract demarcated by the revenue department before initiating the sale. She even had to pull strings in the higher echelons of power to get the process initiated, a source said.
“It was owing to her strained relations with maternal uncle over the ancestral land that she left a good job of Assistant Manager (Projects) at US Embassy School last year,” said one of Leena’s close friends in Bhopal.
Leena’s uncle Pradeep Sharma said his name was unnecessarily being dragged into the matter. “I have very cordial relation with both Leena and Hema (elder sister); its Leena’s cousins with whom she has strained relations over property,” he said.
Leena’s school-time friends in Bhopal, college mates and ex-professional colleagues are vigorously running a campaign on the Facebook to build pressure on authorities in Madhya Pradesh to find Leena.
The Hoshangabad police recorded the statements of Leena’s close friend at whose house she stayed in Bhopal from April 18-20 before taking a train to Piparia in Hoshangabad.
“We’re probing all aspects of the case, but yet to strike any clinching clues to crack the mysterious missing of the 38-year-old woman,” said Hoshangabad superintendent of police.
Many friends of Leena in Bhopal questioned why Leena’s uncle and sister reported her missing to Sohagpur police on May 5, when she was missing since April 29.
While the police claimed Leena’s phone was switched off since April 29, some friends claimed her phone was switched on for some time on May 5, the day the missing person complaint was lodged with Sohagpur police.
Both Leena and her uncle were in Piparia area of Hoshanabad the same day, sources said.
Some of her friends told Hindustan Times her uncle, when asked about Leena’s disappearance over phone on May 4, gave contradictory statements –– first said she went with two persons in a white car to Piparia and later said she flew to Thailand.