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Four kids on NASA trip go missing

india Updated: Aug 10, 2008 23:36 IST
Jasdeep Singh Malhotra

Four students from a school in Parowal village who went on a trip to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) have gone missing in the US. One of the teachers accompanying them has also not returned as she reportedly got married.

Eighteen students of the CBSE-affiliated Doaba Public Senior Secondary School went to NASA for a project. While 14 returned, Arshdeep, Sumit Sahni, Dalbir Singh and Baljinder Singh have not come back. The four are aged between 14 and 15 years.

“Teacher Meenu Sharma sent an e-mail to the school authorities, requesting them to extend her leave by a month as she got married,” a source said.

The delegation left on July 19. Robin, who was part of the trip, said: “Arshdeep, Sumit and Baljinder told a teacher they would come back after having pizzas at the Washington DC airport, but didn’t. Dalbir disappeared from the hotel.”

“The police have no role to play in the matter,” said the Hoshairpur SSP.

“No legal action can be initiated as they have three months’ visa,” a source said.

The families of the missing boys, however, don’t seem worried. Sumit’s father Hargopal said. “We have no idea about his plans to settle in the US. We’re trying to get clues about his whereabouts,” he said.