OST Crime Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 2:
Even a week after Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) assistant mines controller Ibrahim Sharif went missing, city police are still groping in the dark about his possible whereabouts.
IBM officials here said they may urge the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for a probe into the case. “We have already informed the Ministry of Mines about Sharif’s case. A high level meeting was convened at the IBM head office in Nagpur on Friday where ministry officials, IBM officials of Kanpur and Bhubaneswar discussed Ibrahim going missing,” Deputy Controller of Mines LH Chhangte told OST.
“All possible angles were discussed, but we failed to arrive at any conclusion,” said Chhangte.
Meanwhile, Ibrahim’s brother Khasim Peera, a software engineer from Banglaore, arrived here this morning and joined his worried family members.
“Despite our continued efforts, we are yet to get any tangible lead in the case,” Twin City Commissioner Dr RP Sharma said on Monday.
A three-member police team was sent to Uttar Pradesh (UP) where we managed to trace his mobile phone on November 26 to probe the case in Allahabad in UP. But till now, we have not got any clue which can leads us to Ibrahim,” he said.
On being asked whether the mining mafia could have abducted and killed Ibrahim, the Commissioner said the investigation so far did not point in that direction.
“We are investigating the incident from different angles, including family dispute, office work burden and possible abduction by people who stand to be affected by Ibrahim’s inquiry into irregularities in the mining sector in the state,” Dr Sharma said.