Abdul Rauf Merchant, was released on furlough for 14 days by the Bombay High Court in April, on condition that he would report to police every day. However, Merchant a resident of suburb in Thane reported for a week, then stopped reporting in the Mumbra police station.
Rakesh Maria, the Joint Commissioner of Police said, "We have got certain clues about his whereabouts but at this stage we cannot disclose anything." Furlough is leave granted to a convict every two years for a fortnight to visit his family and return to jail after expiry of the period.
Merchant, who was convicted in 2001, was released for the first time from jail on furlough after he was awarded life sentence for killing Gulshan Kumar.