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Missing student’s family ‘receiving conflicting reports’


Srinagar, Nov 1: The missing student’s family on Thursday said they were receiving conflicting information from the authorities about the location of the phone.

Ahtisham Bilal, a student of Sharda University in Greater Noida, went missing on October 28, weeks after being assaulted in a varsity clash.


His parents and family members staged a protest at Press Enclave here and appealed Governor, Satya Pal Malik, to help them in tracing their lone son.

On Wednesday, the UP police had claimed that the last phone call location of Ahtisham suggested his presence in Kashmir.

Ahtisham’s father, Bilal Ahmad Sofi, said the family members have already receiving numerous phone calls.

“We have received scores of calls from people telling about my son’s location. Some CID person said he was in Jammu while a few said Ahtisham moved to Poonch,” said Sofi. “I spoke to police, and they were unsure about my son’s location in Kashmir.”

The mysterious disappearance of Ahtisham has deteriorated the health of his mother, Irfana, who has been put on medicines.

“She has ceased to talk or neither does she eat food. Ahtisham is a hope for our entire family. It is hard to believe that he has disappeared,” a family member said.

“Ahtisham is lone boy in our entire family. If something untoward happens to him, we won’t be able to live. We appeal Governor, Omar Abdullah, and Mehbooba Mufti to help us in tracing our beloved son,” the family members said.

Meanwhile, former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have expressed concern over his disappearance.

Additional Director General of Police, Munir Ahmad Khan said, “We are verifying all things to know whether he is in Delhi or Kashmir. Thorough verification is being made, and all things will be clear soon.”