Kerala’s Deputy Chief Minister on Monday said the case of missing teenager Manko was a “mature case”.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting with police officers in the capital, Kollam, Deputy Chief Secretary to the State Cabinet R. N. Bhandari said: “Manko is a mature case, I don’t know why he has gone missing but he is missing from Rupa district in Kerala.”
I know his parents are not happy and that his parents haven’t been able to contact him.
But we will get a clear picture of his whereabouts soon,” he said.
Bhandari confirmed that Manki was reported missing on Saturday after he failed to appear for a scheduled court hearing at which he was to be produced before the court.
Police said they had been in touch with his family to seek his whereabouts and to track him down.
On Monday, Kerala’s Special Task Force (STF) arrested a man named Ramesh Sharma, a resident of Kollampati, for questioning about the disappearance of Manku, who has not been seen since he left home on September 20.
He has been in police custody since then.
The STF is investigating whether there is a link between Manke’s disappearance and a murder case against an individual named Rama, a former neighbour of Mukesh and a close relative of Rupam, the father of Minko.
In the meantime, police say they have identified the “source” of Manky’s disappearance, and have launched a joint investigation.