‘Missing’ son calls after 11 yrs, family says was trafficked to UAE
A family in Dharampura village of this district had lost all hopes of seeing their son who had gone missing 11 years ago, now has its hope rekindled after they got one call from him on Monday from United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, he had a miserable story of trafficking to tell them.punjab Updated: Apr 28, 2016 20:35 IST
A family in Dharampura village of this district had lost all hopes of seeing their son who had gone missing 11 years ago, now has its hope rekindled after they got one call from him on Monday from United Arab Emirates (UAE). However, he had a miserable story of trafficking to tell them.
The family got a surprise call on Sunday from the ex-sarpanch of their village who told them that their ‘missing’ son had contacted him and wanted to speak to them. The family spoke to him the next day when he told them that he was trafficked to a city close to Abu Dhabi.
The family of Jagsir Singh (34) had registered a missing person complaint in July 2005 after he had gone missing on his way back from Chandigarh.
Gurjant Singh (65), father of the son, told HT, “Jagsir was 22 years old when he was working with a security company in Chandigarh. It was in late July that year when he had decided to come back after clearing his dues in the company. On his way back from Chandigarh, he stayed back at his aunt’s place in Tohana (Haryana). That was his last known location after which we approached the local police station and got a complaint registered in this regard,”
Younger brother Manga Singh, who spoke to him over the phone, said, “He narrated me that 11 years ago while waiting to board a train from Tohana to Bareta, he lost consciousness and regained it later only to find himself in a factory somewhere in Abu-Dhabi. He said that he is working in a bread manufacturing unit, where he is subjected to inhuman behaviour. We spoke to him twice, but now that cellphone has been turned off,” said.
However HT found that the records at Bareta police station doesn’t mention the missing report of the said person which the family claims to have registered 10 years ago. “We had gone through all the records but there is no such missing report of any Jagsir Singh of Dharampura village,” said SHO Balwant Singh.
The family alleges that they still have an affidavit which they had received from the police station after the report was filed in 2005. “It is very unfortunate that despite our complaint either the police could not retrieve that complaint, or they had not even registered the complaint at that time,” said Gurjant Singh. The victim’s family met the deputy commissioner on Thursday evening and narrated their ordeal.
Deputy commissioner Varinder Kumar Sharma said, “I have heard their story and I want to ascertain all the facts for which I will ask SSP Mansa to look into the issue.’’
This family from a backward community which is already struggling financially is now seeking some political assistance to get their son safely back home.