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Still waiting for the lost

It has been six years since his daughter went missing in the December 2004 tsunami, but Sergeant Ravi Shankar continues to wait.

delhi Updated: Dec 26, 2010 23:57 IST

It has been six years since his daughter went missing in the December 2004 tsunami, but Sergeant Ravi Shankar continues to wait.

Apurva was eight when the tsunami waves that hit the Car Nicobar shores took her. Shankar is hopeful that she, now 14, is alive and well. More so after the police told him that Apurva was abducted from a relief camp.

The Indian Air Force officer even travelled to Malapuram in Kerala in October this year after reading reports that a girl, who got separated from her parents during the tsunami, was seen in the town.

"...I brought the girl to Delhi and she stayed with us for four days. I wanted to keep the girl but she said she wanted to go back to her guardians. I took her back to Kerala," an emotional Shankar said.

"I am sure Apurva is alive and will be back home one day. I wait to see her," Shankar said.

Former air force officer M Venkatraman, who lost his 18-year-old son Arvind Srinivasan in the tsunami, has also not stopped hoping he will see his son again.

Both the families, along with other tsunami survivors, were shifted to Tambaram in Chennai, a day after the tsunami. After a month, Shankar and Venkatraman travelled to Car Nicobar with pictures of their children.

They were told that both the children were spotted in a relief camp but were abducted from there.Venkatraman, has not heard anything about son Arvind so far.