Following the stance taken by the Supreme Court regarding police inaction in the cases of missing children, the Ludhiana police have lodged FIRs in bulk in cases of missing children and women that were lying pending with them for the past two years.
The parents, whose children are missing, are calling the action a face-saving exercise. "Had the police taken action timely, our missing children could have been recovered. The police registering a case of kidnapping months after their disappearance which is nothing more than a formality," they added.
Laxmi Narayan of Bal Singh Nagar has lost all hopes to get his sons back. His two sons had gone missing under mysterious circumstances in a span of three months.
Talking to HT, Narayan said his son Raju (7), a student of class 2, had gone missing on March 3, 2013, while playing outside the house. "We tried our best to find him, but to no avail. I had filed a missing report with the Salem Tabri police station in this context," said Narayan.
"After three months, my elder son Chandan (11), a student of Class 3, also went missing on June 26, 2013, under similar conditions. I had put all my efforts to trace them, but to no avail. Though I suspected that one of our relatives Ajay, who lives in the same locality, had kidnapped my sons, the police did not question him," he added.
Narayan, who is a rickshaw-puller, further added that around three-four days ago some cops visited his home asking him about his missing children.
'Surprised to see cops at my doorstep'
Mohammad Kalam, a resident of Deep Vihar, Phambran Road, was also surprised to see cops at his doorstep around four days ago.
Kalam said, "The cops visited my house to enquire about the missing son of my friend. The cops asked me to come to the police station to register an FIR in the missing case and I followed them."
Hailing from Sitamarhi in Bihar, Kalam said Ramji (12), son of his friend, who used to call him 'chacha', had come to Ludhiana with him in 2013. In March 2013, he had gone to a shop to buy something and was missing since then.
"I had filed a missing report with the police and also pasted posters of him in the public places. I had also given an advertisement in local newspapers about the missing child, but all in vein," he added.
Kalam told HT that in past one year no police officer ever visited him to enquire or give information about the missing child.