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UK giving wide publicity to trace missing student: Minister

Bangalore, Jan 16, 2013 (PTI): 20:44 IST
Santanu Pal, father of Souvik Pal, distributes leaflets appealing for information regarding the wherabouts of his son ahead of the Manchester United versus Liverpool football match in Manchester, north-west England on January 13, 2013. Pal, an 18-year-old studying at Manchester Metropolitan University in northwest England, has been missing since celebrating New Year's Eve with friends at a nightclub in the city. AFP PHOTO
The Government has been giving wide publicity to trace the missing Indian student Souvik Pal, British Health Minister Anna Soubry today said, promising to raise the issue in the British Parliament.

"My heart goes out for them (parents). I myself have made inquries on Pal. The government is giving wide publicity on the missing person", she told reporters after an interaction with Karnataka Health Minister Aravind Limbavali.

"I will raise the Souvik missing case in British Parliament so that the UK police could trace Souvik and bring him to his parents," she said.

The minister said she would arrange for providing updates on search operation for Souvik, who had gone missing since New Year eve from Manchester.

The updates would be provided to his mother Mahuya Pal and other family members. "The family needs to know what’s happening. It’s very, very important," she said.

The UK minister, who met Mahuya, said it was heartrending to meet the victim's mother as it has been sixteen days since her son has gone missing.

She also said efforts would be made to give more publicity for the Souvik missing case in the UK media."The British government is for Souvik's safe and swift return."

Anna said Souvik's mother met her in the city and promised to arrange for direct interaction between the missing boy's family and Manchester police.

During the 25-minute meeting with Anna, Mahuya could not control her tears. "It was a good meeting. She listed to me and promised to do her best. It was very positive," she said.

Mahuya urged Anna to raise the issue in British Parliament.

Souvik Pal, a product designing student at Manchester Metropolitan University, went missing on the night of December 31, while attending a new year party and was last seen leaving the party venue.

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