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Patiala youth missing in Canada, kin seek Sushma Swaraj’s help

punjab Updated: Oct 23, 2016 14:39 IST
Avtar Singh
Avtar Singh
Hindustan Times
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Simranjeet Singh (HT Photo)

A family from Ghuman Nagar here appealed to the Union ministry of foreign affairs on Saturday through an e-mail to help locate their son who, the family says, has been missing in Canada for the past two days. Simranjeet Singh, 23, has been on a study visa in Canada for the past three years and, currently, resided at Hamilton in the state of Ontario.

A friend of Simranjeet Singh also lodged a police complaint in Ontario on Friday.

His father Kewal Singh, who works in the Indian Railways, said whereabouts of his son have been unknown for the past 48 hours. “We tried our best to locate him through our sources, but to no avail. Hence, we have now e-mailed Union foreign minister Sushma Swaraj for her intervention,” he said. He said that Simranjeet called him on Wednesday night and was sounding depressive because of his poor performance in exams. “He too was unable to settle in a job there,” said Kewal Singh. “I was shocked when he told me over the phone that he wanted to apologise for any wrongdoing in the past. The same day he also called his brother and sister, based in Australia, and repeated the same wording,” said the father.

He added that he tried to call him the next day, but his number was switched off. “Even his close friends there in Canada had no idea of his location,” he said.

Police complaint in Canada

Simranjeet’s cousin Harpreet Singh told HT that on the request of the family, his friend in Ontario Jashan filed a complaint with the police on Friday. But, despite initial investigation, his whereabouts are still unknown. “We want the Indian government to approach Canadian authorities and help us in finding him,” he said. He said Simran was a very sensitive man. He recently bought a car and tried to build up his private taxi business, but failed in it. We fear that he might have taken a wrong step. “We hope everything is fine with him,” he said.