Visakhapatnam

Police still clueless about missing civil engineer

It has been over three years and the city police are still clueless about the civil engineer who had gone missing.

Sadhana Pandey (22), daughter of naval officer Harichandra Pandey, was last seen on September 24, 2012 in Visakhapatnam, and since then there is no trace of her. How can a grown-up girl just vanish into thin air, laments her father, who was here recently to submit a representation in the Police Commissionerate.

“We have approached and represented our case to almost every institution, including the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Chief Minister’s office in Andhra Pradesh. We have moved from pillar to post in the commissionerate, but there has been no concrete information so far,” he told The Hindu.

Sadhana completed her civil engineering from a private engineering college in the city in 2012. At that time her father was posted in the Eastern Naval Command. On completion of the course, she joined as civil engineer at a private construction company in the city.

While her parents moved to Mumbai in the same year, she remained in the city to pursue her career, staying at a hostel in Seethammdhara area.

On September 24, 2012, she informed the management of the company that her father met with an accident in Mumbai and she had to go there.

However, she did not go to Mumbai and has been missing since then.

Late complaint

After being informed by the hostel authorities that Sadhana had not reported back to the hostel, her father visited the city, but he did not immediately lodge a complaint, hoping that she would return soon.

According to a senior police officer, Mr. Harichandra Pandey finally registered a case on February 2013 at Dwaraka Zone Police Station and a missing case was filed.

Mr. Pandey even named one Rambhir Singh Rawat, an employee of ENC and a resident of Malkapuram, as the prime suspect.

According to the present investigating officer, Inspector Shanmukha Rao of Dwaraka Police Station, Rambhir Singh continues to reside at Malkapuram and there is no evidence of his involvement, except call data records. “But we have found some new leads and are working on them.”

Joint Commissioner of Police A.S. Khan informed The Hindu that the case has become an intriguing one, as most of the leads that were pursued turned out to be blind.

“But we have not lost hopes and are investigating in all angles, including kidnapping, elopement, trafficking and murder,” he said.

However, the victim’s father has expressed dissatisfaction over the investigation, and alleged that the police have neglected the issue in the initial phase.

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