Mumbai, (The Hindu): Four traced to Kurla station, fifth returns on her own. A day after five girls went missing after school, the Colaba police successfully traced them on Saturday.
The girls, aged between 12 and 14, are Class VIII students of Fort Convent School, Colaba. They were allegedly unhappy after having failed the mid-term examinations.
On Friday, when the girls did not return home at the usual time, their parents approached the police and lodged a missing person’s complaint. Four of the girls were traced to Kurla railway station while trying to flee the city. The fifth girl was found late on Saturday, police officials said.
Abhishek Trimukhe, DCP, Zone-1, Mumbai Police, said, “All five girls have been found. They have informed us that they were disappointed after failing the exam. Four of them were traced to Kurla station while the fifth returned on her own. We have handed them over to their parents.”
The police said the crucial lead came when a constable who had seen one of the girls with her parents in the past recognised her at Kurla. This was after search parties had traced the girls first to Malabar Hill, later Dadar and onwards to Kurla station. CCTV footage showed all five girls at Marine Drive till 2:40 p.m. on Friday, after which they disappeared. The police used a drone camera to look for them in surrounding areas, but to no avail.
Night at church
Mr. Trimukhe said, “They walked from the school to Marine Drive, after which they went to Mahim Church, where they spent the night. They then went to Kurla station, where we found four of the five girls.”
The girls were scared to face their parents after the exam results. “They were planning to go somewhere else when we found them at Kurla station,” police inspector Kamal Karche from Colaba police station said.
The relieved parents thanked the police. Renu Anthony, one of the parents, said, “We have been worried sick.” Satish M., the father of the fifth girl, was happy that his daughter was safe. “She is being brought home. We are happy the police managed to find her.”
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