Missing IBM official
Bhubaneswar: Even as the police are able to track location of the mobile phone used by the missing Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) official, they are still waiting for vital leads to further proceed in the investigation, an official said here.
Preliminary investigation reports suggest the cellphone of Ibrahim Sharief, who has been missing since Monday, was in switch on mode for few seconds on Tuesday. Also, the mobile phone was in active mode for some time on the same day, and the location was traced to Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh. It has been switched off since then.
“Though the location of the cell phone was traced, we are yet to get vital leads in the case,” an investigating officer said on condition of anonymity.
Meanwhile, the commissionerate police which is in search of more angles in the case, on Thursday verified the call records of Sharief to trace the whereabouts of the 34-year old official.
“We have not yet received any tangible clue in the case and are trying to get leads from various angles. We are hopeful that soon we'll get some vital leads and work on these. Our officials are trying to gather all basic information to proceed further in the case,” Police Commissioner Rajendra Prasad Sharma told OTV.
The official however stated that upon receiving any tangible information, a team would go, if required outside Odisha where they suspected whereabouts of the missing official.
A pall of gloom descended at Shaerif’s Kanan Vihar (Phase II) residence where the family members maintained a silence on the matter and denied about any ransom call. Ibrahim’s inconsolable wife Salma Parveen hoped that her husband would return.
“I request him, wherever he is, to return as soon as possible,” she said with a shrill voice.
Shaerif had started for his office on Monday at about 9 am. The incident came to light after Salma queried about him after Ibrahim did not return home for lunch. His Honda Activa scooter was found in the two-wheeler parking lot of a private hospital, barely 200 meters from his office at Chandrasekharpur.
With his colleagues and relatives ruling out any possibility of either enmity or job-related pressure on the engineer who hails from Bellary in Karnataka, the case has posed a tough challenge to the police.