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Indian girl goes missing while shopping in U.K.

Hasan Suroor
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Emaan Shah.— Photo: Special Arrangement
Emaan Shah.— Photo: Special Arrangement

Police were on Saturday looking for a teenaged Indian girl who went missing in London’s Oxford Street on June 10, hours before she was due to return to India after a holiday in Britain.

Emaan Shah, 17, was with her parents when she got separated from them while shopping.

“The disappearance is out of character and officers are keen to trace her as soon as possible,’’ Scotland Yard said, appealing for anyone who had any information to come forward.

She was described as 5 ft 3 inches tall, of slim build with brown wavy hair. When last seen she was wearing a black jacket with a Manchester United logo on the chest, grey trousers and black and white trainers.

Emaan’s distraught parents made a desperate appeal.

“I can't eat I can't sleep, my sons are missing her, we just want her to come back. I'll accept her in whatever way, I'll support her in whatever way she wants me to support her. I just want her to come back,” said her father Tanvir Shah.

A CCTV image shows her walking along Oxford Street with her mother. Her father and two brothers are just a few feet ahead. Minutes later, she had disappeared.

“After a while I saw my wife walking and my daughter wasn't there and when she came I asked her (about) Emaan and she said, ‘Oh! I thought she was. I told her to stop and when I turned around she was not there. I thought she had continued to walk ahead and come to you guys.’ That's the time we realised she was missing,” Mr. Shah told ITV. Police said they had found another CCTV footage, apparently after she separated from her parents, showing Emaan walking on her own in a nearby street.


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