Odisha CM assures full assistance to trace missing Kashmiri student

Bhubaneswar: Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday assured his Jammu and Kashmir counterpart Mehbooba Mufti of every possible effort to trace missing Kashmiri student of AIIMS-Bhubaneswar, Suhail Aijaz Katariata.

Suhail had gone missing since February 9 from his hostel here. His last location was traced to Howrah in Kolkata.

Patnaik’s assurance came a day after Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti requested the former to expedite investigation to trace missing student.

“Our Government is doing everything to trace Suhail. State police and investigative agencies are on the job and all efforts are being made to trace out the student,” said Patnaik while replying to Mufti’s Monday tweet.

Notably, Mufti had expressed her concern through a tweet to Patnaik after the Commissionerate Police on Monday seized two hand-written posters that claimed Suhail had been kidnapped by the Maoists.

“Concerning reports coming in about a Kashmiri student of Kupwara being kidnapped in Odisha. I request the authorities to investigate & take swift action,” Mufti tweeted while tagging post to Naveen and his office.

Meanwhile, police have seized the two posters pasted on a wall of the Baramunda bus stand, about 3 km from AIIMS-Bhubaneswar and started investigation to know the authenticity of the poster.

“We (Maoists) have kidnapped Suhail. Release our leader Sabyasachi Panda and take back Suhail. Otherwise, be prepared for any eventuality. We will kill Suhail if our leader is not released within seven days. We will also trigger blasts in police stations and the railway station here,” the posters read in Odia language.

However, police are suspecting that the posters are fake.

On the other hand, Panda’s wife Subhashree also claimed that the notes are fake and it is the mischief of someone to mislead the police into the incident.

Worth mentioning, the Maoists expelled Panda in 2012. Odisha police arrested him in July 2014 and he is in judicial custody since then.

Notably, Suhail, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, has been reportedly gone missing since February 9.

According to college authorities, Suhail had told his friends that he was leaving for a marriage in Chandigarh and would return in a week. He said he will be traveling through Kolkata. When he did not return even after nine days, his classmates informed college authorities.

Following which the AIIMS authorities lodged a missing complaint with Khandagiri police on February 18.

The police searched his room and found a letter addressed to his parents and friend in which he had written “I Quit”.

Suhail’s mobile phone was last traced near Kolkata on February 10, police reports said.

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