After Snapdeal staffer, Noida designer missing, cops suspect abduction

  • Abhishek Anand, Hindustan Times, Noida
  • Updated: Mar 04, 2016 00:46 IST
The Noida police registered a kidnapping case and formed five teams to search for 29-yearold Shipra Kataria Malik, who had gone to Chandni Chowk on Monday afternoon to buy raw material. (Shipra’s Facebook page)

Three days after she sent missing from Delhi in mysterious circumstances, Noida fashion designer Shipra Malik is still untraceable.

The police, which filed an abduction case, have asked for details of flights and trains that left Delhi on February 29 and March 1.

The investigators found CCTV footage of February 29 that shows Shipra at a private bank in Noida Sector 18.

Police said she was using the internet on her mobile phone from DND Flyway to Ashram continuously for 15 minutes then a couple of calls were made from her mobile phone before it was switched off.

“It was found that she visited the bank at about 1.25pm on Monday, few minutes after she met her husband at Brahmaputra market. She can be seen talking over the phone,” said SP city, Dinesh Yadav.

On Thursday, deputy inspector general (DIG) Meerut Range Laxmi Singh visited Noida to monitor the investigation.

“She was on various WhatsApp groups of her friends and customers of her boutique. A team is recording their statements to find any clue about her. She had called her brother asking about some documents related to her car when she entered Delhi. Also, she had sent messages to some people on WhatsApp before she went missing,” said Kiran Sivakumar, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Gautam Budh Nagar.

“We are questioning her brother to get the details of their conversation,” Sivakumar said.

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Police questioned the staff of DND toll plaza but found no clues about Malik or any signs of abduction.

Shipra, 29, had gone missing on February 29 after she left for Chandni Chowk at 1pm to buy some raw material for her boutique. Her car, a Maruti Swift, was found unattended near Sector 29, with the keys under the driver’s seat.

Shipra ran a boutique from her Sector 37 residence. Her last mobile phone location was found at Lajpat Nagar from where a call on emergency on the number 100 was made from the phone.

Shipra’s family is taking the help of social networking sites to find her. Her family said they were satisfied with the police probe and hoped for her safe return.

Family members of Shipra Malik at their residence in Noida. The family is seeking help on WhatsApp groups. (Burhaan Kinu/HT Photo)

“The police are working day and night to locate her. We have created WhatsApp messages with her photograph and other details. We are requesting everybody to forward,” said Chetan Malik, her husband.

Meanwhile, the police admitted that no fingerprints were collected from Shipra’s car, the only physical evidence available in the case.

SSP Sivakumar said Malik’s family members had driven the car back home so there was no chance of getting any fingerprint sample. The police found that her car was not captured in any of the CCTV cameras as many of them were not working.

“The only place where she could have been captured in the CCTV is the DND Flyway. Though we have details that her phone crossed the stretch, but she has not been captured by any CCTV camera,” said Sivakumar.

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