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Missing minor traced to Ladakh, reunited with kin

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The Kolkata Leather Complex police, on December 19, managed to bring back a 17-year-old girl from Jammu after she left her east Kolkata home to stay with a 22-year-old merchant from Kashmir on December 5. City-based doctor Jayanta Mukherjee — who helped the family get their daughter back — took to Facebook on Monday to praised the local police on Facebook on Monday.

The girl got infatuated with her Facebook friend, who lived in Kathua, after conversing with him on social media for a few months. “She was upset when the internet connection became irregular following protests over the scrapping of Article 370 in Kashmir. That was when the duo decided she would travel to Kashmir to be with him,” an officer said.

“He sent a flight ticket for Delhi and she left home. On reaching Delhi, she switched off her cellphone and met her friend. They first went to Kathua and then, a few days later, they settled in Ladakh,” the officer added.

In Kolkata, the girl’s family had lodged a missing complaint by then. “We sent a team to Jammu and the Jammu police helped us investigate the man’s residence. We then suspected she might have gone to Ladakh. The local cops helped us track her down on December 19 and she was finally handed over to her family after completing all legal formalities,” another officer said.

The cops said it didn’t matter if both of them had planned the escape together. “The victim is a minor and her consent is not important,” said an officer.

“Kudos to Kolkata (KLC PS) police for recovering the daughter of my assistant … My opinion regarding our police force has been enhanced,” Banerjee wrote on Facebook.

 

Source: Times of India

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