Five teenagers missing on way to school, guardians flummoxed

Report by: 
SOUMYA DE SARKAR
MALDA
5 Jan 2017
Missing of five minors including four girls for last 24 hours has caused severe panic at Jitarpur area under Chanchal police station. The guardians of the missing minors knocked the door of Chanchal police on Wednesday night after having failed to trace them. Despite extensive search police also could not trace the whereabouts of those minors including three girl-students. Police have also been enquiring whether the missing of five minors together had any connection with a youth from Jharkhand who had visited his relative’s house at Jitarpur village and left a day before they went missing.
It has been learnt from police sources that out of five missing minors, two girls – Dipika Mandal and Kajal Baby Mandal and a boy Paban Mandal are the students of class VII. Nikita Mandal is a student of class VIII. They all are students of Jitarpur LMA Kalyan Vidyamandir. Manju Mandal (15) is not a student but she went missing with her four other relatives as well.
Bidyasagar Mandal, father of a missing boy Paban Mandal said that the missing girls were his relative too. “Kajal and Manju are my nieces. We are relatives as well as neighbours. The school is only 300 meter away from our houses. They all left houses in school uniforms on Tuesday. But they did not come back even after the school was over. We came to know that Manju was missing too. We searched madly for all missing kids but in vain.”
Deben Mandal, a group-D employee of the local post office and father of a missing girl Kajal Mandal, sounded frustrated. “We have made all possible effort to find them. But nothing worked out. We are now dependent on police to get our kids back,” he said. Abhishek Majumdar, the sub divisional police officer said, “We are searching for the missing minors. All possibilities are being looked into.”