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Youth missing in Oz: kin accuse Indian embassy of inaction

Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times  Jalandhar, May 08, 2014
First Published: 21:11 IST(8/5/2014) | Last Updated: 18:44 IST(10/5/2014)

Jalandhar-based relatives of a 27- year-old youth who went missing under mysterious circumstances in Australia last week, on Thursday, alleged that the Melbourne police and the Indian Embassy have failed to put in their best efforts to trace him.

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Shiva Chauhan, who hails from Beas in Amritsar district, works as a delivery driver in Melbourne and had gone missing last Thursday when he had gone for a routine delivery. Shiva's relatives said there had been no clue about his whereabouts so far.

It has been learnt that the Melbourne police on Thursday appealed to the public for information about Shiva and also released his pictures.

The sleuths of the Homicide Squad Missing Persons unit of Melbourne police told the public through a press release that Shiva went for delivery on May 1 night and was seen last time at a bakery on South Park Road, Dandenong South, around 12.30 am on May 2.

Shiva's delivery van was found abandoned on Hutton Road in Keysborough on Friday.

Speaking with Hindustan Times, Mohan Lal, brother-in-law of the missing youth, said Shiva had gone to Australia in 2010 on study visa and was working part time as delivery driver while pursuing his studies.

"There is no communication from the Victoria police and the Indian Embassy about his whereabouts for the last few days,” a worried Mohan Lal said.

He said on May 1 Shiva communicated with his family members through WhatsApp mobile application but there was no response on his mobile number since then.

Lal said Shiva's roommates suspected foul play surrounding his disappearance, saying that he might have been kidnapped. He said the police found Shiva's personal belongings from the car a day after he went missing

We have contacted Nirmal Chaudhary, the consul and head of the chancery at the Consulate General of India in Melbourne and have requested him through an e-mail to take up the matter with the Melbourne police.

“The Victoria police have taken the basic details of Shiva from his brother Dinesh, who is into construction business in New Delhi,” added Lal.

“I request the Centre and state government to take up this case with the Australian government at the earliest so that Shiva can be traced soon. The entire family is in a state of shock,” said Lal.


 

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