British police are looking for two men, including a taxi driver, who were seen speaking to an Indian- origin youth shortly before he went missing last week, as his "mystified" family says they have no clue about what happened to him.
Gurdeep Hayer, 20, is based in West Bromwich and traveled to Manchester on December 31 to celebrate New Year's Eve with friends in Fallowfield.
He went out again with friends on the night of January 1 to the Sankeys nightclub, and has been missing since early January 2. His mother, Peramjit Kaur, became concerned after her son did not return home as planned on January 3 and reported Gurdeep missing two days later.
Gurdeep is a first-year student of Business Studies at Glyndwr University in north-east Wales.
Kaur told the media: "It is out of character for him not to keep in touch with me, he's a reliable person and he's usually ringing me all the time because he knows how much I worry".
"We're completely mystified as to why he would go missing. He's just started university and loves his lessons and his life there, he's been home with us for the holidays and was his usual, happy self. As a family we just don't know what to do."
After studying CCTV footage, the police are now looking for two men. One, a white male in his late 20s to early 30s, with dark curly hair, who was wearing a short-sleeved white shirt was seen having a conversation with Gurdeep.
The police now believe that Gurdeep was picked up by a taxi from outside the nightclub. The taxi returned to the area, without Gurdeep, not more than eight minutes later.
The driver was reported to be white, in his mid-40s, of heavy built and with a receding hairline.