People protest police failure to find 4-yr-old boy

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Srinagar, June 4: People in civil lines here today protested the failure of police to make any break-through in the case relating to a four-year-old boy missing since May 13.

People, mostly women and children, and relatives of Mehran staged a dharna at Partap Park near here.

They were raising slogans demanding immediate recovery of Mehran.

There was still no news from the police even after four weeks, they said.

The Jammu and Kashmir police have recently constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT), headed by a senior officer to trace Mehran following orders from the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on a petition filed by the parents alleging that police was not taking interest to recovering him.

A police team remained deployed on this side of the Jawahar tunnel on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway to carry out proper searches of vehicles leaving the valley.

Though there was no evidence that Mehran has been kidnapped and would be taken outside the valley, the police have taken all precautionary measures to foil such attempts, official sources said.

They said despite announcing a reward of Rs 5,000 for providing any information about the missing child, the police remained clueless so far.

Police searched almost all vacant migrant houses, bushes and drains in the area to trace the boy, who went missing when he was playing outside his residence after returning from school.

Police had printed and distributed posters with Mehran's photo in the valley appealing to people to inform police in case of any information about the missing child.


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