Family members of 12-year-old Archie Yadav who went missing from her house in Indirapuram have now resorted to pasting posters in nearby areas in a bid to trace their missing daughter. They alleged police laxity in finding the girl who went missing on Monday afternoon.
The mother of the class 6 student had locked the girl inside the house as she had to pick up her other daughter. When she returned after 20 minutes, the girl was not at home and the keys of the house were found on the staircase. The girl was later spotted running out of the house in a CCTV camera footage.
“This is total laxity on the part of the police despite approaching senior police officials and bringing the issue to their notice. Instead of relying on the police, I have got 1,000 posters printed and am pasting them myself across the city. Nearly 50 relatives and friends are helping me in the search,” Subhash Yadav, the girl’s father who works as a tax consultant in Noida, said.
The family also said that the entire incident could have been staged by an acquaintance of the family.
“We are telling the police to conduct an intensive search in Ghaziabad but no serious efforts have been made. We have provided every detail to the police about missed calls and even SMSs received on our phones. We have also been approached by residents over social media and they offered to help. I believe that it is not any professional person but someone who is known to the family. So far, we have not received any ransom call,” Yadav said.
According to the initial police investigation, the girl opened the main door with a key available inside the house and placed the keys on the stairs while going out. A CCTV camera in the vicinity had spotted her running alone.
The police said that they have roped in several teams and even the crime branch to search the entire NCR. “Our teams are on a search in Faridabad, Delhi, Noida, Bulandshahr and other required places. Still, there is no progress. However, teams are continuing their search and investigation. There has been no ransom call so far,” Salmantaj Patil, the superintendent of police (city), Ghaziabad, said.