Manipur student goes missing from musical concert, body found in Noida

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NOIDA: A 22-year old Pravish Chanam from Manipur went missing from a musical concert by international artists Chainsmokers from Greater Noida’s Expo Mart on the night of September 8, and his fatally injured body was found next day at 5:30 pm near Noida’s Nithari village.

Police kept the body in mortuary for three days for identification and cremated – on Wednesday – without information of his family, claiming that his identity was not established. The deceased’s family alleged police negligence and lack of co-ordination as a missing complaint was filed in Knowledge Park police station on September 9 afternoon.

Noida police on Thursday suspended two sub-inspectors, one constable and also sent the SHO of Knowledge Park police station to police line for dereliction of duty.

Family said that last week Pravish, a student of BA programme, had gone to Hyderabad from Manipur for some personal work. From there he took a flight came to Delhi on the night of September 7, and stayed at a friend Ashok’s place in Safdarjung. There they planned to attend the musical concert in Greater Noida with two more friends Sachin and Teresa Karam, all natives of Manipur.

In the party the group members consumed liquor and vodka. The other group members were busy in concert when Pravish strayed away and went missing.

The victim’s brother Ravikanta then approached Knowledge Park police station and filed a missing complaint on September 9 at 2:30 pm.

Due to lack of coordination Noida police failed to establish his identity and kept his body in mortuary for 72 hours and cremated on Wednesday.

Love Kumar, SSP Gautam Budh Nagar, admitted there was lapse in police response and investigation. He suspended three cops – a sub-inspector Kishori Raman and constable Sanjeev Kumar of Knowledge Park police station, and Rakesh Babu, sub-inspector and Nithari chowki in-charge – in this regard.

SHO Knowledge Park Akhilesh Tripati was also sent to police line for dereliction of duty. “We are investigating the matter with all angles,” Kumar said.

Source: Times of India

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