A week after two working women allegedly went missing from a mall in east Delhi, electronic surveillance has led the local police to suspect that the duo may have eloped — with each other.
The seemingly curious case of ‘disappearance’ came to light when one of the victims’ parents approached the New Ashok Nagar Police Station with a written complaint on June 23.
“According to the complaint, his daughter, who stayed in Kondli and taught at a government school, and her friend, who lived in Sarojini Nagar and worked as a stenographer at ITO, seemingly went missing around 11am on the same day,” an investigating officer said.
The teacher’s family, sources claimed, had initially feigned ignorance about her relationship with her 24-year-old stenographer friend.
Later, however, when technical surveillance suggested that something seemed amiss about the entire episode, they were apparently told that the two women were ‘closer than friends usually are’, sources claimed.
“Technical surveillance revealed that the women after the ‘disappearance’ had travelled together to a location in Dwarka before switching off their cell phones. When we confronted the family, they broke down,” said a senior officer.
Then the family showed the police a text message from their daughter read: ‘I want to live my life the way I want in the company of my friend.’
Meanwhile, a seven-day investigation, which included keeping tag on marriages at Arya Samaj temples and district courts, has helped the police in locating the duo to a non-descript location in Kolkata where, police claimed, a team has already been sent.
“Since the women are yet to be traced, the exact reason for their disappearance cannot be commented upon at the moment,” the senior officer admitted. “However according to the evidence, we can only conclude that they have, more or less, ran away together.”