Left with no hope from Mumbai police in tracing 26-year-old French cyclist who went missing from the city two years ago under mysterious circumstances, his parents have decided to search for him on their own.
“As there is no evidence to suggest that our son is dead, we will fight till our last breath,” the parents believe.
Jean Baptiste Talleu, an experienced cyclist, had left France on July 17 2007 for a cycling trip around the world and had landed in Mumbai on the morning of December 5. He withdrew Rs 1,000 from an ATM on Andheri-Kurla road in the morning and Rs 10,000 from an Axis bank ATM at Goregaon at 8 pm. After that Talleu mysteriously vanished.
The Sahar police registered a missing complaint in December 2007 and have been investigating the case since then but there has been no development so far.
Brijesh Singh, deputy commissioner of police, zone VIII, said, “We have circulated the information to all the concerned police stations. We are yet to receive inputs from them. So far, we have not got any positive lead.”
Jean’s parents, Pierre Talleu (67) and Marie Claire (54) came to Mumbai in November, and will be in the city for three months. They plan to visit Ahmedabad, Pondicherry, Goa and Delhi before returning to France.
Jean’s parents have procured an all terrain vehicle, which will have Jean’s photographs and posters. The search for Jean will continue even when the family is in France as the vehicle will be used by other students and explorers.
“This way we will feel secure that even when we are in France, the search in India would go on,” said Marie Claire. The family is looking for donors and sponsors to kick start the search project by 2010.
“Adeline Champagnat, the foreign representative of the French police visited the investigating officers with the Mumbai police. They have compiled a case which they shall be sharing with us and the French police soon,” added Jean’s mother.
His parents still hope that their son is alive. “How can we believe that our son is dead when we never got even a handkerchief of his? We will continue visiting India every year,” added Talleu.