Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Nov 29:
A three-member team of the Commissionerate Police left for Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh (UP) on Friday to investigate into the case of the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) Assistant Mines Controller Ibrahim Sharif, who has gone missing since Monday.
The decision to send a team to UP came after the police tracked Ibrahim’s mobile phone and found Sharif’s mobile phone was switched on in Allahabad on Tuesday for just two seconds, sources in the Commissionerate said.
The investigation team formed to locate Sharif is working under the direct supervision of the Twin City Police Commissioner Dr RP Sharma.
Meanwhile, IBM authorities here have informed the Ministry of Mines about Sharif’s sudden disappearance
“We are helping the police and have informed the Ministry of Mines about Sharif’s case,” Deputy Controller of Mines LH Chhangte told OST.
Sharif’s family members today went to IBM office at Chandrasekharpur here to collect more information on the possible reasons behind his disappearance,
According to IBM authorities, Sharif had been assigned to inquire into as many as 45 mining irregularities in Odisha, He had completed inquiry on 25 of these cases and was involved in the inquiry of pending ones.
While Sharif’s family suspect people already affected or likely to be affected by his inquiry could have abducted him, the IBM authorities ruled out the possibility.
The police are investigating into the incident from different angles, including family dispute, office work burden and possible abduction by people who would be affected by Ibrahim Sharif’s inquiry into irregularities in the mining sector in the state.