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Declared dead, missing student’s mother says he’s active on FB

Mystery has deepened with the mother of the missing student claiming that her son chatted with her on Facebook and Gmail. The 17-year-old medical student, Gurkirat Singh of Padhiana village, has been missing since August 10, 2014, but the Adampur police have declared him dead long ago.

punjab Updated: Oct 11, 2015 00:44 IST
Jatinder Kohli
File photo of Gurkirat Singh
File photo of Gurkirat Singh

Mystery has deepened with the mother of the missing student claiming that her son chatted with her on Facebook and Gmail. The 17-year-old medical student, Gurkirat Singh of Padhiana village, has been missing since August 10, 2014, but the Adampur police have declared him dead long ago.

The disheartened mother, Harjit Minhas (43), who is a school principal in Phagwara, has lost confidence in cops and been planning to approach the high court to get justice, so that she can get her son back.

Kaur is firm that her son is alive despite cops claiming otherwise. She broke down while revealing that on August 10, 2014, Gurkirat had gone to market for buying a mobile recharge coupon at around 10.45 am on his scooter with Samsung Galaxy S2 mobile with him.

“Several hours later when he did not return, the family started tracing him and lodged a complaint with the Adampur police,” she said, adding that on August 12, 2014, the police found a body from the Bist-Doab canal at Alwalapur village and a case was registered under section 174 of the CrPC Act at the Kishangarh police post under the Bhogpur police station.

The principal said that the body shown to her was not that of Gurkirat as the body seemed to be of an old man with a different hairstyle, while Gurkirat was a Sikh boy with long hairs.

She told that as cops found the scooter with key near the body that Gurkirat had taken with him, it does not mean that her son was dead.

Gurkirat’s mother revealed that on August 11, 2014, Gurkirat had left a comment on cousin’s FB ID.

“On August 16, I have sent a few emotional messages on his Facebook (a copy with HT) and messages were also being seen as shown,” Minhas told, adding that it is clear that her son is alive.

“I had run pillar to post and visited police station and office of senior superintendent of police (SSP) with the request to trace my son but to no avail,” she said, adding that on December 25, 2014, his personal id kiratjaswal@gmail.com turned login. She questioned the police claim that if Gurkirat had died, who is running his ID and reading message on his personal FB ID.

In the meantime, the rural police sent her complaint to the DIG cyber cell and it was found that kiratjaswal@gmail.om was logged in from a mobile phone of a girl after that cops arrived at the house of Dev Raj, a resident of Phillaur sub-division of the district.

Kaur said that the Adampur police have called up that girl at the police station but she had come with several relatives and the police failed to interrogate her. She alleged that the police even have not taken her mobile into custody.

“It is an irony of the system that nobody is taking the case seriously and my son is still untraceable even after 14 months,” said Kaur, claiming that she would even go to India’s President and Prime Minister with her application to trace her son.

SHO Adampur police station Rajiv Kumar said that when the body was recovered, the family members had identified it to be that of Gurkirat and now they turned down from their stand.

“We are checking the call details of girl and very soon the picture will be clear,” said the SHO, adding that the mobile phone of Gurkirat is still untraceable.