The arrest of a man accused of kidnapping children has brought a ray of hope for a resident of Anand Nagar of Tharike village, whose three daughters went missing under mysterious circumstances around a month ago.
Heera Bahadur is looking forward to the interrogation of accused Surinder Pal of Uttar Pradesh, with the hope that the accused would reveal something about his missing daughters.
Pal was arrested on Tuesday evening for allegedly kidnapping children and selling them in different parts of the state.
Bahadur's daughters - Neha, 12, Vandana, 9, and Sanjna, 7 - have been missing since November 7.
Bahadur, who works as helper at a college in Baddowal, said he had informed Sadar police station about his daughters' disappearance, but the police had so far not been able to trace them. Only a DDR was registered.
A father of four daughters and a son, Bahadur said three of his daughters studied in Government School of the village. On November 7, his daughters went to school as usual, but never returned. Their school bags were found on the compound wall of their house.
He added that his wife Shanti Devi was ill on that day and sleeping inside the house. When the girls did not return home till 3:30pm, she went outside to check on them, and found their school bags lying on the wall.
He said he searched for them for long, and questioned all his acquaintances, but to no avail. Therefore, suspecting that daughters had been kidnapped, he approached the police.
When contacted, sub-inspector Amandeep Singh Brar, station house officer (SHO), Sadar police station, said the police were working towards tracing the missing girls, adding that they were in contact with police stations of neighbouring districts and states.