Flight Lt Noktempong Jamir who went missing last week from an Indian Air Force (IAF) training camp in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, is believed to be alive and staying somewhere in Mizoram's capital Aizawl.
Family members of the 26-year-old IAF officer said he called up his father in Nagaland Thursday to say he was "alive and staying with some colleagues in Aizawl" before hanging up.
"During the brief phone conversation he did not elaborate as to where he was staying in Aizawl and why he left Coimbatore," a family member of Flt Lt Jamir told IANS.
The IAF officer went missing Oct 7 afternoon from Coimbatore where he was attending a 21-day training course at the IAF Administrative College.
The IAF has formed a special investigating team to trace the officer. Ft Lt Jamir was posted at Mohanbari near Dibrugarh in Assam.
"On Wednesday also he rang his sister to say he was alive and abruptly disconnected the phone without saying where he was speaking from," the family member said.
Son of former Nagaland minister Merichiba Jamir, the missing officer studied engineering in Coimbatore before joining the IAF last year. His sister and other relatives are now heading for Aizawl.
"We don't know why he left his training and how he landed up in Aizawl. Police investigators have confirmed the phone calls were made from Aizwal," an aunt of the missing officer said.
A Nagaland police official said it could be a case of abduction as well. "Nothing is ruled out at this point," the official said.
It was believed that Flt Lt Jamir went out of the training base to get a passport size photograph. His identity card was left behind on his table and he just carried his wallet and mobile phone. An alarm was raised when he did not return to the base.