Mystery continues to shroud the disappearance of two Kotkpaura youths Anish Mittal and Kamalpreet Singh, both around 22, who had reportedly gone to drop a friend at Jalalabad for a wedding ceremony last Saturday, but never returned home. Their car, which they had borrowed from a friend, was recovered from the Gang canal by the police on Sunday last, but afterwards, there is no progress in the case.
Both Anish and Kamalpreet belong to businessmen families of Kotkpaura.
Anish Kumar Mittal alias Kaku was working in a private bank in Kotkpaura while Kamalpreet Singh alias Money has his own family business.
“Anish left home last Saturday at about 4 pm telling his family members that he was going to meet his friends on a scooter. But, when he did not turn up by 7, his mother called him up, but his phone was not available. She then called up his brother to inform him that Anish had not come home. His brother tried to contact him. His phone was available only once and he told that he was coming home soon,” claimed Pardeep Mittal, an uncle of Anish.
“Anish and Kamal were close friends so the families began to search for them jointly by calling up some common friends. A common friend disclosed that they had gone to Muktsar and had got late as the car which they were travelling in had developed some defect near Sarai Naga, but when he was told that the other members of the family would go to bring them, he said that they should not worry they would be coming soon,” claimed Pardeep.
Pardeep said that the friend of both, who is a resident of Jalalabad first tried to mislead them by telling that they had gone to Muktsar but then joined the families in the search for them during midnight.
From the locations of the mobiles, the police zeroed in on the last location of Gang canal, 7.5 km from Sadiq, and began the search for bodies on Monday morning with the help of locals and divers.” The car was recovered from the canal on Monday afternoon. Though, the police have recorded statements of the concerned in this regard, but no case has been registered so far,” said Pardeep.
The police are ruling out anything suspicious behind the incident and believe it to be an accident due to a dangerous curve at the crossing of the canal near Sadiq.
“We are investigating the case from all angles. The police teams, along with family members, are camping at the site where the canal entered Fazilka district . But, the cold weather is hampering the search for bodies in the canal. As in the summer season, bodies are supposed to float in three four days, but the people say that in the winter season, it takes many days for the bodies to come up. There is no lapse by the police and we are trying our best to search the bodies,” said Sukhdev Singh Brar, deputy superintendent of police, Faridkot, who is heading investigation in the case.
“There is still no evidence of any criminal act and it appears to be an accident,” said Brar.
The police believe that the two were inside the car till it fell into the canal and bodies are believed to have been swept away by canal water.
Sources claimed that besides mobile locations, it was also confirmed from the footage of a CCTV footage at the toll plaza near Jalalabad also confirmed the up-and-down drive of the car.
The car belonged to a family friend of Kamalpreet Singh Anish did not know driving, and Kamalpreet Singh is believed to have been driving it.