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Missing IBM official’s wife demands CBI inquiry


Reported by Santosh Jagdev

Bhubaneswar, Jan 30:

Two months after the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) officer Ibrahim Sharif went missing; there is no word on his whereabouts or even the reason for his mysterious disappearance. Worried over the failure of the police to locate him, Sharif’s harassed wife today demanded a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the case.

sharif family presser

Briefing media persons here in a press meet, Salma Parveen Begum said, “I extended my full cooperation to the local police, but even after two months they are still clueless and there is no word from them about the status of their inquiry. Ii would, therefore, demand that the case be handed over to the CBI considering that my husband is a class- I gazetted officer of the Central government.”

“I had hoped that the government would pay serious attention to this case but that I think had not happened,” Salma said.

She said as her husband hails from Karnataka, a local organisation Bhagat Singh Sene had pressurized the Karnataka Government which in turn sent a special team of police officers to Odisha but the state government here had simply forgotten all about the missing senior official.

“We request the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to understand the pain that of the family is going through and assure us of speedy investigation or hand over the case to CBI immediately,” Salma said.

Ibrahim Sharif, IBM official
Ibrahim Sharif, IBM official

Revealing that the Facebook account of her husband has been accessed and its password changed on December 24 last year, Salma said, “There may be possibility that someone has changed the password by forcefully extracting the details from my husband so as to misguide the investigation and to create an impression that there is a personal or family angle to his disappearance and suppress the real motive behind his abduction. It is necessary to track the IP address of PC that was used to make changes in the Facebook account.”

Salma further said, “We wish to say through the media that if he comes back safely we will ask him to resign from the current post that he is holding in Indian Bureau of Mines and take him back to our native in Karnataka never to come back again.”

Asked for her response to Salma’s statements, the Inspector-in-charge of Infocity police station Bijayini Singh told OST'” Till now we have not managed to get a tangible lead in this case and the investigation is on.”