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Missing teen: SSC exams delay probe

mumbai Updated: Jan 31, 2012 01:53 IST
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Five days after Akshay Rawal, 17, went missing from near his home in Kalbadevi, the LT Marg police still have no leads in the case.

Police officials said they could not proceed with the investigation as they wanted to question one of Akshay’s classmates who is currently preparing for the upcoming SSC board exams.

Akshay went missing on January 25. The police suspect that it may not be a case of kidnapping for ransom as the family had not received any call.

“Akshay belongs to a middle-class family and hence the possibility of kidnapping the boy for ransom is less likely,” said a senior police officer from LT Marg police station, on condition of anonymity, adding that the family claimed that they did not have any enmity with any person.

“Akshay is a very simple person and usually does not get into any kind of trouble,” said Vipul, Akshay’s brother. “However, around a month ago, he had a tiff with boy from his class. The boy then came with his friends and threatened to settle the matter with my brother once their preliminary exams were over.”

According to the police, Akshay had left his home around 7.30pm to get some photocopies and buy cheese. However, his family started to worry when he didn’t return.

“We checked with the shopkeeper, he told us that Akshay had bought cheese from his shop. He was the last one to see my brother,” said Vipul.

The family said though Akshay was in Class 10 he was not nervous for the upcoming board exams. “He is a good student and he had done well in his prelims. He had appeared for his last paper on the day he went missing. He was happy with his performance,” said Vipul.

The police had detained the classmate with whom Akshay had a tiff. However, he was allowed to go after his family and school requested them to let his concentrate on his board exams. “We cannot proceed with the investigations due to the board exams. However, we have formed teams to trace the teenager,” said the officer.