Missing Bangalore student's father hopes his son is alive

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Bangalore, Jan 10: Santanu Pal, father of missing Indian student from Bangalore, hoped that his son is "alive". Despite investigation for the last ten days, UK police failed to trace the whereabouts of 19-year-old Souvik Pal.

"Hopefully my son is alive. And if he is alive there are two possibilities. One is that he is hiding or he is forced by someone else," said Mr Santanu on Thursday, Jan 10.

Recalling the incidents of the day when Souvik informed them about his plans for New Year party, Mr Santanu said, "As parents we ask him if he was having good food and taking care of his health. He was excited he was going a party."

Sovik Pal

Appealing to the governments in the UK, India and people, Mr Santanu was quoted as saying, "I am looking for more (help) obviously. I am looking for more help from everybody. The kind of support they have given, I do not know whether they have some more capacity to support at this moment."

"But the greatest support I can get is from Greater Manchester Police because they are the direct agency who can search my son. Government can only request them to expedite it. That is my understanding," added Mr Santanu.

Souvik, a student at Manchester Metropolitan University in northwest England, went missing on New Year's eve from a night club in Manchester.

Informing media about their progress in the case, Manchester police officials earlier were quoted as saying, "He was asked to leave the premises by a door supervisor. He indicated that he wanted to go to the ladies toilet and the door staff said he can't. He was asked to leave the premises."

Police divers, meanwhile, searched the canals in Manchester for Souvik, who was last seen at Warehouse Project club in the western part of the city around 11 pm on Dec 31. According to police descriptions, the boy is 5 feet 7 inches tall, has a slim build and an Asian look. A scar on the right side of the forehead is a distinct feature. He was last seen wearing a pale denim shirt, grey trousers and navy blue leather shoes.

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