Rebutting BJP leader Kirit Somaiya’s allegations, Mumbai Police said that a majority of missing persons cases registered at Govandi police station have been resolved.
File photo of BJP leader Kirit Somaiya (Picture Courtesy: Twitter @KiritSomaiya)
BJP leader Kirit Somaiya on Sunday raised the issue of missing girls from the suburban area of Govandi in Mumbai, questioning if ‘love jihad’ was behind the disappearances. Somaiya alleged that in the past few months, at least 21 girls have gone missing from Govandi.
“From Mumbai’s Govandi Police Station area 21 young girls aged between 15 years 17 years 20 years have gone missing in the last few months. Someone picked them from the area….I talked to the police station officials and no one is serious. Is it a part of Love Jihad? Will Thackeray government investigate the matter?” Kirit Somaiya said in a tweet.
Kirit Somaiya also took to Twitter on the issue and put out the list of the missing persons.
“It’s shocking 21 young girls ‘GAYAB’ Missing in last few months, from GOVANDI Police Station Area Mumbai!!?? Why? Who took them away? Who cheated them? We demand high-level inquiry,” he tweeted, tagging former Maharashtra chief minister and current Leader of Opposition in the Maharashtra Legislative Assembly, Devendra Fadnavis.
It’s shocking 21 young girls ‘GAYAB’ Missing in last few months, from GOVANDI Police Station Area Mumbai!!?? Why? Who took them away? Who cheated them? We demand high-level inquiry.
— Kirit Somaiya (@KiritSomaiya) November 22, 2020
Referring to the matter, Mumbai Police told India Today that a probe is underway in this matter. Officials of the Mumbai Police further provided details on the missing persons cases from Govandi and said that a majority of the victims have been found.
In a statement, the Mumbai Police said, “There are total of 23 cases of missing women in Govandi police station this year. This includes 15 majors and eight minors. All eight minors have been found. Out of the 15 majors, 11 have been found, four have not been found. Therefore, out of the total 23 cases, 19 have been found, 4 have not been found and investigation is going on in these cases.”
Responding to the Mumbai Police’s rebuttal, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya said he will be visiting the Govandi police station on November 23 to get more details on the cases.