Karnataka police clueless about missing scientist


Bangalore : Police Friday admitted that they hadn’t made any progress in the operation that was launched a day before to find a missing senior scientific officer of the state-run Kaiga atomic plant in coastal Karnataka.

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“We’re yet to get any credible clue to track the missing scientist. The operation is on and hopefully we’ll soon make some positive progress in our operation,” Uttara Kannada District Superintendent of Police Raman Gupta told IANS on phone from Kaiga, about 500 km from here.

L. Mahalingam, 47, a senior scientific officer working with Kaiga atomic power plant for the last 10 years, left home Monday morning for a walk but did not return. His wife Vinayakar Sundari lodged a missing complaint with the police Monday evening.

A special search team was formed Thursday to find the scientist.

“We’re leaving no stone unturned to trace the scientist but the geography of the area is posing as a hindrance in our investigations. It is not easy to find a person in the deep forests,” said Gupta.

Kaiga township is surrounded by the 1,000-acre Mallapur forest, where the police is currently carrying on their search operation.

Moreover, due to seasonal heavy rains, police personnel are finding it hard to negotiate a swelling Kali river in the Western Ghats, adjoining the township.

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel stationed at the atomic power plant and forest guards are also assisting the police in their combing operations.

The police had already searched for Mahalingam in the 100-acre Kaiga township but failed to trace him.