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3 years on, Mumbai police find missing woman through Facebook

Three years after she went missing from Kharghar, the Navi Mumbai unit of the anti-human trafficking cell traced a 20-year-old woman with the help of her Facebook account

mumbai Updated: Aug 18, 2018 16:02 IST
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Pranab Jyoti Bhuyan
Hindustan Times, Navi Mumbai
Mumbai police find missing woman through Facebook,Mumbai,Navi Mumbai
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Three years after she went missing from Kharghar, the Navi Mumbai unit of the anti-human trafficking cell traced a 20-year-old woman with the help of her Facebook account.

The woman, who stayed at an ashram in Kharghar, went missing from there in April, 2015. “It was not clear if the girl was kidnapped or herself left the ashram. A kidnapping case was registered with Kharghar police and we had been searching for her,” said Sanjay Kshirsagar, sub-inspector of the anti-human trafficking cell.

“A few weeks ago while searching for her on Facebook, we saw her picture in an account. After technical analysis of the details available, we traced her location to Bandra,” he said.

The police had earlier suspected that the woman was forced into some immoral business. “We managed to meet her alone. We realised she was working for an NGO there,” he said. According to the police, the girl had left the Kharghar ashram as she was not happy there. She left for Delhi and worked there for two years.

There she met a woman who took her to Mumbai and gave her an opportunity to work for the NGO. “She is now 20 and can decide her future. So, we did not take her back to Kharghar. But, our investigation has revealed that nothing wrong happened to her,” Kshirsagar said.

First Published: Aug 18, 2018 05:43 IST