Two post graduate student of Jamia Millia Islamia, who are residents of Meerut, have gone missing and the hunt is on to locate them after the families claimed that they got a ransom call on Tuesday demanding Rs 80 lakh in exchange for their safe return.
It was following which the families shared the information to police that swung into action to find Saddam (20) and Babur (18), physiotherapy students.
They had left their homes in Jisora village of Meerut’s Mundali area after a five-day stay to reach their flat in Delhi on Monday, according to TOI.
“The families of both the kids are in a state of shock. They are relatives and neighbours. They came down to Meerut whenever they had breaks. They had come to home for five days and left for Delhi on Monday. Since we did not get any phone call from the two, we called them. But their phones were switched off,” said Mohammad Akram, headman of Jisora village who is also a relative of Saddam and Babur as reported by the daily.
Following the development three police teams have been formed by Meerut police to trace the students, whose whereabouts continue to be unknown.
“A case has been filed under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) against unknown persons. As many as three police teams have been formed to search the two boys. Their phones have been put on surveillance and their location is being traced,” said Ajay Pal, station officer, Mundali police station.
Police teams have been dispatched to Hapur to conduct search operations as the two students had informed their family members that they would reach Delhi after doing some work in Hapur and Noida.