For 50-year-old Vijaya Kumari journey from making arrangements for her son's wedding to him going missing is nothing less than an ordeal.
When her 30-year-old son, Naveen Kumar, left home at 3 pm on May 10 for a haircut, Vijaya had no inkling that he would go missing. His motorcycle was found parked near a canal in Ropar on May 12.
Even though the Chandigarh police are putting in efforts to track Naveen, who is an engineer and runs a software company in the Sector 47, both family and police are clueless about his whereabouts.
Naveen, who was to get married on May 12, had the last conversation over the phone with his fiancé on at 10.15 pm on May 10. Naveen even kept messaging the girl till 10.45 pm, though did not attend calls of his mother and brother during the corresponding period.
Recalling the entire incident, Vijaya says, "Around 3 pm on May 10, Naveen left for a parlour-cum-salon in Sector 44. In the meantime, we went for shopping."
Vijaya adds, "The parlour staff told the police that one of Naveen's friends came in hurry to the parlour and urged him to come along and get the hair cut later. Naveen hurried along with his friend and did not get the hair cut."
With moist eyes, Vijaya recalls, "I came around 10 pm and then we all had dinner. We made calls on Naveen's mobile phone after realising he had not come home, but no one answered the calls."
She adds, "We thought Naveen will be busy with some friends and will come late. But when he did not turn up till 4 am, we went to his office in Sector 47, to check him."
The family got a call on May 12 morning that his motorcycle was found near Ropar canal.
Naveen, along with his younger brother, manages a software company in Sector 47 and has a base of about 30 employees, who work in shifts.
Vijaya, who lost her husband due to an ailment, about five years back, says "My world has come crashing and I do not know where my son has gone. The police are not able to solve our problem. I have been telling them please get my son from anywhere."
The house which was in celebration mode wore a deserted look, with most of relatives leaving for their jobs.
Station house officer (SHO) of the Sector-34 police station Dewan Singh says, "We are tracking the call records of the missing youth to get leads in the case. We have even questioned the suspects indicated by the family. The youth himself drove towards Kurali and we are even questioning the family to know the details."
The distressed family has got printed posters of the missing youth and is distributing it in and around the city.