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Social media help cops trace missing boys in Dehradun

Statesman News Service | Dehradun |

The use of social media platform helped Uttarakhand Police in searching two missing kids in Dehradun. The cops circulated photo and other information about the missing boys from Selaqui on social media to help the kids reunite with parents.

Krish (12) and Sawant (13) went missing from Selaqui on 18 April. The two kids disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Father Sanjay filed a police complaint about his missing sons, but when the cops failed to trace them he decided to approach higher authorities.

The parents of the missing boys met Uttarakhand Police’s Additional Director General (law and order) Ashok Kumar in Dehradun on 23 April, narrating their grievances. The ADJ (law and order) suggested the Vikasnagar Police to post information and photograph about the missing boys on social media.

The local cops had earlier conduced search in bus stations, railway stations and hotels. But, the trick to use social media worked and Ajay Manchanda, a citizen from Doiwala, informed the police about seeing the two boys near Manimai temple, located on Dehradun-Rishikesh highway.

Ajay saw the post about the missing boys on social media. Acting on information the cops, accompanied by parents of the kids, rushed to the site and found they were the same missing boys.

ADG Kumar said: “The case clearly indicates, social media is not only for sharing jokes and entertainment, but it can be used for some positive works.”
The parents of the two boys expressed their gratitude to the police. The kids were found almost 40 km from their home town.