Kin, friends protest for tracing missing techie Ajitabh

Kin, friends protest for tracing missing techie Ajitabh

Pain and anguish: Relatives, friends and colleagues of Kumar Ajitabh protest outside the Town Hall on Sunday, demanding a quick investigation into his disappearance. DH PHOTO/S K DINESH

Relatives, friends and colleagues of Kumar Ajitabh staged a peaceful protest in front of the Town Hall on Sunday, marking 200 days of the techie's mysterious disappearance. 

Ajitabh's family has been demanding a CBI probe as both the Special Investigation Team (SIT) and the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) have failed to trace him. Ajitabh (32), who worked at the BT Group in southeastern Bengaluru's Bellandur, had left home on December 18, 2017, to meet a prospective customer of his Maruti Suzuki Ciaz, which he had put up for sale on OLX. There is no trace of his car or iPhone either. 

The CID was handed over the case four months ago after the SIT failed to make a headway.

Ajitabh's sister Pragya Sinha said during the protest: "The suspect had bought a SIM card using the name of a daily wage worker. There are also clues about the mobile phone he used. But there has been no more progress. The CID has submitted, in a sealed envelope to the court, about the progress of the investigation, but we're not aware of what's in it." She added that the newly appointed CID superintendent of police, Harish Pandey, had promised to crack the case.

"I just want my brother back. If they're not able to solve the case, they should hand it over to the CBI. When we ask them why they're not doing it, they say CID officials are human beings, too. If that's the case, why can't they get the required data from Facebook and WhatsApp?" Pragya said. 

The High Court of Karnataka has set a July 31 deadline for the CID to make a headway into the case. "If there is no progress, the court said it will hand over the case to the CBI. If we don't get justice, we will hold a massive protest the next time," Pragya added. 

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