Even as a 47-year-old man from Balachaur went to Nepal in June and brought back his abducted daughter who was an alleged victim of human trafficking, the Nawanshahr police are yet to recover as many as 10 women and three minor girls reported missing from various parts of the sub-division.
Reports said 23 women and three minor girls went missing under mysterious circumstances between January 2013 and July this year in Balachaur sub-division of the district.
The district police have completely failed to get any clue about these missing women and minors, including an eight-year-old girl, and all claims of forming a special investigation team (SIT) to trace them have fallen flat.
Hindustan Times had sought information under the Right to Information (RTI) Act from the office of Nawanshahr senior superintendent of police about missing persons from January 2013 to July 2014.
The family members of the missing persons blame the police for lack of seriousness in finding out their wards.
The police, they said, do not go beyond filing a daily diary report (DDR) in such cases and whenever people hold protest they register first information report (FIR) against unknown persons.
The Balachaur sub-division has three police stations at Balachaur, Kathgarh and Pojewal.
As per details gathered from the Balachaur police station, eight women — five in 2013 and three till July 31 this year — went missing from various villages of the sub-division.
Two girls had also gone missing in 2013 under its jurisdiction. Of these, the police are yet to trace five three women and two minor girls.
Details collected from the Kathgarh police station reveal six women who went missing in 2013 and two reported missing till July 31 this year under its jurisdiction are yet to be traced. Of these, four women and one minor girl are still to be recovered.
One minor girl reportedly disappeared from outside her house. Information gathered from the Pojewal police station reveals that seven cases of missing women were registered in 19 months from January 2013 to July 2014. Of these, one of woman is still to be traced.
Ashok Kumar Sharma, a resident of Prem Nagar in Kathgarh, had lodged a complaint with the police that his daughter Nisha had gone to market on June 12 evening but she did not return.
Sharma said he along with other family members went to every nook and corner of the area in search of his daughter, but to no avail.
The Kathgarh police had registered an FIR in this connection on July 16 after over one month Nisha went missing. The police have not got any clue about her so far.