Orrisa HC directs Nuapada SP to appear in abduction case

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Cuttack, Sep 9 (UNI) The Orissa High Court has directed the Nuapada District Superintendent of Police to appear in person in the court and submit in detail the steps taken in an abduction case.

Expressing its dissatisfaction over the ''callous'' attitude and ''inaction'' of the police, a division bench, comprising Chief Justice B S Chauhan and Justice B N Mohapatra, while adjudicating a case filed by one Kheduram Nayak yesterday directed the Nuapada Police Superintendent to appear in person and submit the report by October 22.

Kheduram, a village worker in Nuapada district, had filed a petition seeking a direction to police to trace out his 19-year-old son Rajesh, who was abducted by some unidentified people.

The petitioner said his son had left for Bhubaneswar from Nuapada on March 30 last year but did not reach the place. He filed a missing report with the Nuapada Police when he received a phone call from a cell phone from his son on May 6 last year.

He said his son had been kidnapped and kept at somewhere in Chaudhury Bazar, Cuttack and pleaded to rescue him. Police traced the call to Anugul after Kheduram handed over the cell number to them.

Though police traced the number and identified the cell phone owner but took no action to trace out his son, the petitioner said.

The division bench castigated police for its ''inaction'' and ''callousness'' and directed to apprise the court of the steps it had taken to trace out the youth and take all possible steps to rescue him at the earliest.

UNI BD-DP SJC SP AS2143

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