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City boy goes missing from Manchester nightclub on New Year’s eve

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Mahuya Pal (38) was very happy to wish her son on New Year’s eve, but little did she know that it was the last call from her elder son, Souvik Pal, who has gone missing from a night club in Manchester minutes after he called home.

Souvik Pal had finished his Pre University in Bangalore and went to Manchester to pursue engineering degree in product designing in Manchester Metropolitan University, three and half months ago.

“On New Year’s eve, he called me and spoke to me at length. I asked about his plans for the celebrations. He said he is going to party in a nightclub with friends,” Ms. Pal told the Hindu .

She said that she came to know about the incident two days later when police called her and said that they have received a missing complaint about Souvik and efforts were on to trace him.

Police divers combed the Bridgewater Canal near the Warehouse and Project nightclub and verified CCTV footage but in vain. The police have also found his mobile phone switched off and could not trace his location, Ms. Pal said.

His father, Santanu Pal, who flew to Manchester in a bid to help the search, would stay there till he finds his son.

Ms. Pal said her son was a “brilliant student” who had been awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship by the university. “It was his first trip to abroad, I hope he is alright wherever he is,” she said requesting the Indian government to help her trace her son. The anxious parents even uploaded a request on Souvik’s Facebook page requesting people to help them. “We were contacted by his college mates and hostel mates in Manchester. According to them, Souvik and his friends went to the party in two groups and were supposed to stay till 5.30 a.m. But Souvik was sent out at around 11.30 p.m. by the organisers and the last few girls saw him waiting outside. Souvik had tried to call his friends to inform them that he was sent out of the party, but could not contact them since his friends were busy partying and had even switched off their mobile phones.

When they turned their phones on, they noticed the message and went in search of Souvik, but he was not seen around. They later returned to the hostel thinking that Souvik might have gone back. After reaching the hostel they found that Souvik room key was still there and he was missing. After searching for some time, they reported the matter to the police.

“He is a very good natured boy and with short span of time made lots of friends in the university. He has no enemies and I strongly feel that he will come back and I want to see him at once,” said Ms. Pal requesting the authorities concerned to help her in this regard.

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