A day after she was reported to have been abducted by Maoists in Bihar, the family of Juhi Tyagi, the 23-year-old student from in New York, said she was safe and in touch with them. Media reports on Wednesday said Juhi Tyagi had gone missing from a village in Jamui district, about 140 km from Patna.
“I don’t know how this news spread,” said Juhi Tyagi’s father Prabhat Tyagi on Thursday.
“She has been doing research for the last three years and keeps visiting Bihar and other parts of the country. After the news of her abduction spread, she contacted me to ask what the hullabaloo was all about,” he said.
Jamui superintendent of police Ram Narain Singh had said on Wednesday that she was missing for two days along with a local resident, Pradeep Das, although no complaint had been filed. “She has gone on her own for studies to the interiors. She is using her mobile as per convenience,” Singh said on Thursday. “The police also got to know about her through media and later we tried to verify it from the village she last visited.”
HT could not contact Juhi Tyagi for comments as her mobile phone was switched off.