Govt apathetic, rue Manchester boy's kin

Appreciating the efforts of the British government and its police in trying to trace Souvik Pal, who went missing in Manchester on the New Year’s eve, the Bangalore boy’s family said here that they were saddened by the indifferent attitude of the Indian government in this regard.

“The Government of India has failed in discharging its duties towards its citizen who has gone missing in the United Kingdom. I have appealed to the President, the Prime Minister, the External Affairs Minister and the Chief Minister. Except the CM, none has responded.

There has been no response even from the police. Aren’t we Indians? Isn’t Souvik an Indian?” a weeping Mahuya told Deccan Herald.

“There are many Indians in the UK and I appeal to them to do something to trace my son,” she said.

Eighteen-year-old Souvik Pal of Kolkata origin vanished after being separated from friends while celebrating New Year’s eve at a nightclub in Manchester City.

Media reports from London said on Friday that the British police would issue an appeal for information about the missing Indian student to football fans ahead of Sunday’s match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford.

Souvik was last seen near Warehouse Project, not far from Old Trafford. The London police said they might get some clues about him from among fans who come to watch the match, as Souvik was a diehard football fan. They said they were finding it difficult to trace him as there was little response for their appeals.

Souvik, who worked on a casual basis serving drinks on matchdays at Manchester, last did so at the club for the West Bromwich Albion game on December 29. The club has agreed to let the police make their appeal before kick-off at Sunday’s game.

The appeal will be shown on pitchside digital advertising hoardings and stadium announcer will also make reference to the appeal before the match, the Manchester Evening News reported.

Souvik’s father Shantanu Pal is in Manchester helping the British police trace his son.

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