Missing mines officer returns home

Missing mines officer returns home

Reasons for IBM staffer’s disappearance not yet known

Family members of Ibrahim Sharief heaved a sigh of relief after they received the news of his safe return to his Bhubaneswar home on Friday morning.

Ibrahim Sharief, an Assistant Controller with the Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM), had gone missing from Bhubaneswar in Odisha on November 25. A native of Yashwantnagar village in Sandur taluk, Bellary district, Sharief, was staying with his wife Salma in Bhubaneswar.

Salma called up his family members and informed that Sharief had returned safe to his Bhubaneswar residence from Dehradun in Uttarakhand and was said to be deeply distraught. On receiving the good news, it was an end of an ordeal for his family members who celebrated by distributing sweets.

His brother Shabbir and sister Jubeena said they would visit Bhubaneswar, while his father Giddusaab, speaking to Deccan Herald, said that they were unaware of the reasons for his sudden “disappearance”. However, they were happy that he had returned safely.

Meanwhile, Bellary Superintendent of Police Dr Chethan Singh Rathore said that they were informed about Sharief’s arrival. “We will discuss with the Bhubaneswar police,” he added.

On November 25, last year, Sharief had gone “missing” after he left for his office. Salma was informed that he had not reached office, while his two-wheeler was found near a private hospital, about 200 metres away from his office. 

Mining mafia?

A missing complaint was lodged with the police and Giddusaab appealed to the Karnataka and the Odisha Governments and also to the Union Government to help trace his son. 

His mysterious disappearance pointed fingers at the possible handiwork of the mining mafia in Odisha. A high-level probe was launched by the Odisha government which discovered that his cellphone was active at Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh and was later “switched off.” 

Sharief’s Facebook account was accessed in Dehradun later, and his password was changed, leaving room for further doubts.

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