CID unit can probe missing techie case, says courtTIMES NEWS NETWORK
Bengaluru: The Criminal Investigation Department’s (CID) special investigation unit may investigate the case of missing techie Kumar Ajitabh, the high court said on Monday.
Justice Vineet Kothari made this observation after the police commissioner indicated in his report that 80 officials deputed to the Special Investigation Team (SIT), which is probing the case, are needed for other pressing duties, including assembly elections, and investigation can be continued by the special investigation unit.
The judge adjourned the hearing on a petition filed by Ajitabh’s father Ashok Kumar Sinha to March 12, while asking police to show progress/result in the case.
Additional Advocate general A G Shivanna said probe is on and there has been no concrete progress as yet. He said no transaction took place on the OLX platform where Ajitabh, 30, had advertised to sell his car. An unknown person called Ajitabh using a sim card which was obtained by submitting a fake ID proof. The card was used only for that call.
Ashok Kumar Sinha claimed that despite registration of two FIRs by Whitefield police on December 20 and December 29, 2017, his son is yet to be traced.
CID will probe techie Ajitabh case: HC| Bangalore Mirror Bureau
In a major blow to the city police, the High Court has ordered the state CID unit to probe the case of Ajitabh Kumar, a techie suspected to be abducted along with his car from Whitefield in December on Monday. The victim’s family had filed a writ plea with the High Court demanding the transfer of the case to CBI after the Bengaluru police failed to crack it.
The High Court has asked the CID to submit a report on March 12.
The court had earlier ordered for the formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to handle the case and the city police Commissioner to submit a status report. Police suspect that Ajitabh was lured to Gunjur on December 18 evening by an organised gang that wanted to steal his car which he had put up for sale on an online portal. The SIT had earlier arrested two people, including the vendor and agent of a mobile service provider from Kolar, for issuing a SIM card using forged documents.
Whitefield police had initially identified three suspects who had contacted Ajitabh for his Maruti Ciaz. However, they later focused on one of them as the main suspect after it was revealed that the number was registered using fake documents.
SIT clueless, techie’s kin offer ₹10 lakh for info
After 70 days, family appeals to the public for information on Ajitabh’s whereabouts
After waiting for more than 70 days for any information about his missing son Ajitabh Kumar from the police, Ajitabh’s father Ashok Kumar Sinha has now offered a ‘reward’ of up to RS 10 lakh to anyone who comes forward with actionable information that could lead the police to his missing son.
The 62-year-old retired banker said that he has already discussed the matter with city police officials and was finalising the formalities.
AK Sinha said he was hoping that the actual abductors spot the announcement and release his son to claim the amount that he was offering. The family, according to Sinha, has been under tremendous stress as the police have so far been unable to make a breakthrough in the case.
“We have already informed the police about our decision to announce the award. They have also agreed to cooperate with us. These are my life’s savings but I am hoping that it will help us find our son,” Ashok Kumar Sinha said.
The city police had a couple of weeks ago announced a monetary reward, without specifying the amount, for any actionable intelligence on the whereabouts of Ajitabh. The amount was to be paid from funds used to pay regular informants. However, senior police officials involved in the case confirmed that the family has discussed the additional reward announcement with them and they have assured the family of any help from their side since the priority at the moment was to locate Ajitabh.
“The family has discussed the Rs 10 lakh reward with us. We told them that we have no objections. But we cannot directly handover the money from the family to the informant. The family is free to announce a reward if they want. We are ready to help them out to ensure a speedy solution to this case,” a senior official involved in the case said.
Sinha has been camping in the city since December 20, two days after Ajitabh went missing from his Whitefield residence along with his car.
The SIT formed by the city police on the basis of the High Court orders are yet to see a breakthrough in the case.
Apart from police officials, Sinha had also met with state home minister Ramalinga Reddy seeking his help in speeding up the police probe.
“We are appealing to anyone with reliable information to contact me on 7070331331 or the police with information regarding Ajitabh for the reward. We will keep their identity confidential,” Sinha added.
The 29-year-old city-based techie was last seen driving out of his apartment complex in his Maruti Ciaz car at around 6:30 pm on December 18. Police suspect that he was lured out his residence by someone who responded to his online ad to sell his car. The police could track Ajitabh up to Gunjur but he became untraceable from there.
Whitefield division Deputy Commissioner of Police Abdul Ahad had said that the SIT was working on the case from multiple angles and had recently arrested two men from Kolar who had sold a mobile SIM without accepting original documents from which calls were made to Ajitabh before he went missing.
Missing techie case: probe leads to Delhi-based NGO
Bengaluru, DHNS: Two months after software engineer Kumar Ajitabh (29) was kidnapped, a Special Investigation Team has found that he was in close contact with the founder of a Delhi-based non-profit charitable organisation.
The investigation revealed that Ajitabh was closely associated with Prem Rawat, the founder of Raj Vidya Kender (RVK).
SIT officials are interrogating RVK activists. The team met Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and sought information about habitual offenders who steal cars from other states.
Meanwhile, sources said that the suspect who used a mobile phone to open an account on OLX had purchased the handset at ‘Mobile Park’ outlet in Koramangala on November 4. He had, however, bought the SIM card in Kolar in October.
The investigating officers tracked the mobile phone and found that two people had used the handset after kidnapping Ajitabh.
Police identified them as
J C Lakshman and his brother Shivakumar. The duo told the police that they found the Micromax Q402 mobile on December 19 on the road near Hebbal when they were loading bricks.
They threw the SIM card, inserted a different SIM and began using the phone. The police later found the SIM card and sent it to the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) for a digital examination.
Who is Ramesh?
The suspects used the name “Ramesh” to purchase the mobile phone and also used a gmail account – email@example.com – to open an account on OLX. The SIT has written to Google, OLX and Facebook seeking details of these accounts.
SIT officials have also verified the OLX accounts of 252 people who had contacted Ajitabh.
The police found that while the suspects last used the handset in Hebbal, Ajitabh’s phone was last operational in Gunjuru near Varthur.
Interestingly, though the mobile phone was purchased on November 4, it was activated only on December 18.
The shop owner told the police that the suspect had asked him as to how long the CCTV footage is stored in the shop. The shop owner had told him that they delete it once in a month.
The police also found that the suspect kept formatting the handset to erase the contact details. All the devices have been sent to the FSL to recover the memory.
Telecom firm, agent, vendor booked in missing techie case
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT BENGALURU, FEBRUARY 12, 2018
Kumar Ajitabh has been missing since December 18, 2017.
SIM used by prime suspect issued based on documents of someone else: Police
Almost two months after software engineer Kumar Ajitabh, 29, went missing, the Whitefield police have filed a cheating case against a telecom company, one of its agents, and a vendor from Kolar, who issued a SIM card to the prime suspect allegedly using documents of someone else. The agent and the vendor have been arrested.
The police said the suspect, who remains unknown, was issued a Reliance Jio SIM card based on documents of a beedi worker from Kolar.
Following this, the police have filed cases against the company, the agent, Shivu, and the vendor Anand.
Ajitabh, who worked for a British telecom company, left his Whitefield apartment on December 18, 2017 to sell his car. He wanted to sell the car to fund his education at a premier management institution in Kolkata. He was reportedly on his way to meet the prospective buyer who had got in touch with him through an online buying and selling platform for old and used goods. His roommates, who realised he was missing, began to search for him the next day. After they failed to find him, they filed a missing complaint with the police on December 20.
High Court direction
The police intensified their search and formed four special teams to track down Ajitabh following a direction from the High Court of Karnataka. The special team of the Whitefield police, who were trying to track down the suspect based on mobile phone call detail records and the details furnished to get the SIM card, landed at the house of the beedi worker, Shabana, 45, at Rahmath Nagar in Kolar.
She told the police she had submitted her Aaadhar details to get a free Jio SIM card, which she discarded a few days later as it had become defunct. The police suspect her documents were used to give a SIM to the prime suspect, who used it to contact Ajitabh. Based on Shabana’s statement, the police registered the case on Saturday.
‘Only a number’
“The prime suspect is still a number. We booked a case against the company as well because they should exercise caution while issuing SIM cards,” said an officer.
A Reliance Jio statement said, “We exercise full diligence and comply with all the applicable regulations for issuing SIMs. We will extend full support as may be required by the investigation authorities.”
Out to sell car, Bengaluru techie missing since five days
By Express News Service | Published: 24th December 2017 02:53 AM |
BENGALURU: A 29-year-old software engineer has been missing since December 18 after he went to show his car to some unidentified men who had proposed to buy it. The techie had posted an ad for his car on the online marketplace OLX and was to meet the prospective buyers. The missing man has been identified as Kumar Ajitabh, a native of Patna who was residing in an apartment in Whitefield along with his friend since six years. He was working in a private software company in Bellandur. His vehicle and mobile phone too have not been found so far.
A senior police officer from Whitefield police station said the family filed a missing person’s case and investigation is being done in all angles. “We have checked all CCTV footage from around the locality and toll booths across the city. Based on tower location, his phone was last traced to Gunjur near Varthur around 7.30 pm, an hour after he left home, and it was later switched off. We have also alerted the police in neighbouring states to trace the vehicle. Ajitabh had posted the ad for his car as he wanted money to join some professional course. He had informed his roommate about the prospective buyers before he left,” the officer added.
Speaking to Express, the victim’s brother Arnabh Kumar said the prospective buyers may have made a call over Whatsapp and hence police are not able to track the call records. He spoke to the family on Sunday and his phone was switched off on Monday when they tried to contact him. He wanted to sell his car to join IIM in 2018 as he had passed the interview. He had bought a Maruti Ciaz car by paying Rs 12 lakh and he had quoted Rs 11.8 lakh on OLX a couple of weeks ago. He had also applied for a loan with a private bank to join IIM. “We suspect that he might have been kidnapped by some unknown people on the pretext of buying the car. There is no reason why he should disappear like this. He had no issues with family or friends,” Arnabh added.
Cops make sketch of suspect involved in techie’s abduction
The description was provided by duo who allegedly sold a SIM to his abductors
Whitefield police have prepared a sketch of one of the main suspects in the abduction of techie Ajitabh Kumar (in pic).
Ajitabh was abducted after being lured to Gunjur on the pretext of meeting a potential buyer for his Maruti Ciaz car on December 18. He has been missing with his car from his Whitefield residence since.
The police have prepared the sketch on the basis of the description provided by the agent and vendor of a mobile service provider. The two were taken into custody for providing the SIM card to the suspect by manipulating the identity proof and documents of a Kolar-based woman Shabana, a daily wage labourer.
The police have also booked the service provider firm for issuing the SIM without proper verification of the documents.
“We have prepared the sketch and have been trying to verify and match it with criminals,” said Abdul Ahad, Deputy Commissioner (Whitefield).
The arrested individuals were identified as Anand and Shivkumar from Kolar working as vendor and agent for a popular mobile service provider. The duo had collected the ID proof and Aadhaar details of Shabana, a resident of Rehmat Nagar in Kolar district when she approached them with a request for a new SIM card. They gave her a new SIM card but used her ID and details to get another SIM issued to the main suspect without proper verification. Police claim that the duo had no idea about the motive behind the fraud.
The police initially booked a missing case which was later changed to abduction by an organised gang.
Ajitabh’s father has approached the High Court seeking transfer of the case to CBI and the court has been closely monitoring the probe leading to the formation of a Special Investigation Team (SIT).
Why police haven’t cracked missing techie case till now
Cops: We’re Checkmated On All Fronts
Bengaluru: It’s been nearly two months since British Telecom techie Kumar Ajitabh disappeared after he drove out of his Whitefield residence in his Maruti Ciaz. Ajitabh planned to sell it to raise funds for his management studies and had gone to meet an unknown person interested in buying it.
With Ajitabh not returning and the identity of the alleged buyer not known, pressure is mounting on police to hand over the probe to the CBI.
A senior police officer said: “This is the most challenging case we’re handling; we’re getting checkmated on all fronts. But we’re hopeful of solving it.”
No mobile clues
Unlike other crimes cracked using cellphone call records, etc this case is a challenge. “Both Ajitabh and the unknown buyer used mobile phones to communicate, yet we’re clueless,” said an officer. Ajitabh’s phone was switched off 40 minutes after he left home on December 18 and has not been turned on since then.
Police believe the suspect and his aides switched it off immediately after picking him up. Using call record details, police identified the number from which the suspect called.
But an intensive investigation revealed the SIM card was in the name of Sabina, a Kolarbased beedi worker, and she had no clue how the SIM had reached the suspect. She told police she discarded the SIM after using it for a week.
CCTV footage clear
Police realized the SIM has been procured from Anand’s shop in Kolar. He admitted he had issued the SIM to an unknown person using Sabina’s documents and the same application was processed by SIM card marketing executive Shivakumar.
Police failed to retrieve footage from the CCTV camera in the shop. “While buying the SIM, the suspect asked the shopkeeper about the storage duration of the CCTV footage.
The latter told him the images would get auto-erased after 30 days. Ajitabh went missing 30 days after the SIM was procured by the suspect and the SIM card along with a phone was abandoned on the road.
The suspect had formatted the phone and erased the previous history pertaining to SIM usage. The suspect had used one phone model that allows reformatting,” police said.
No ransom calls
While police suspected the motive to be kidnap for ransom, there’s been no call yet from the suspect to Ajitabh’s relatives or friends. Police have concluded he did not have enmity with anyone. They suspect Ajitabh was tracked by suspects after he posted an advertisement about his car on an online marketplace.
Ajitabh’s sedan has not been found yet. Police checked CCTV footage from all toll plazas around the city for clues, but in vain. “There are 15 routes to enter Tamil Nadu from the city and many don’t have CCTV coverage. The suspect could have used one such route,” said cops.
Missing techie case: HC may take a call on investigationTIMES NEWS NETWORK
Bengaluru: Noting that nothing has happened even after setting up a special investigation team (SIT) to probe the missing case of techie Kumar Ajitabh, the high court on Thursday indicated that it may have to take a call on the petitioner’s plea during the next hearing if no headway is made in the investigation.
Justice A S Bopanna gave this indication while adjourning the hearing on the petition filed by Ashok Kumar Sinha, father of Ajitabh, to February
20. Additional advocate general A G Shivanna submitted a report of the police commissioner on the progress in the probe and informed that the CCB is now being involved in the case and car thieves named in the police register will be questioned.
Ajitabh’s father moved the court seeking a CBI probe alleging that police had failed to trace his son despite registration of two FIRs. Ajitabh, who was with British Telecom, went missing at 6.30pm on December 18, 2017 when he left his house after receiving a call from an unknown person. The caller is suspected to have offered to buy Ajitabh’s car for which he had put out an ad on OLX, an online marketplace.
Top cop submits report in techie case
BENGALURU: The city police commissioner on Friday submitted a report before the Karnataka High Court with regard to the progress made by the Special Investigation Team, constituted to trace Kumar Ajitabh, a techie who has been missing since December 18.
Justice A S Bopanna was hearing a petition filed by Ajitabh’s father, Ashok Kumar Sinha, who had moved the court, seeking directions for a CBI inquiry in the case.
Commissioner T Suneel Kumar stated that the investigation was in progress and that two senior officers, including Additional Commissioner of Police Rakesh and sub-inspector Somashekhar, have been deputed to meet Ishanth Sinha, an advisor to the National Investigation Agency in matters related to Internet Protocol Detail Records.
Sinha’s report is awaited, and a status report will be filed before the court once it is received, the commissioner stated.
The bench orally observed that the police was on the right path in the investigation, and stated that the SIT needs to take a proactive approach in the case.
The petitioner’s counsel, however, asked the court to transfer the investigation to the CBI.
To this, the bench said all cases are not similar and a CBI investigation does not assure results in one or two days, and adjourned the hearing to February 8.
Reward for information on missing techie
STAFF REPORTER JANUARY 30, 2018
With no clues on missing Kumar Ajitabh, 30, the Whitefield police have announced a reward for any information about the software engineer, his vehicle or anything about the case.
Ajitabh is missing since he left home on December 18, 2017 after receiving a call from a prospective buyer for his car, which he had offered for sale in an online advertisement.
Recently, the Karnataka High Court had asked the police commissioner to submit a report on the progress made by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to trace Ajitabh. The court was hearing a petition filed by Ashok Kumar Sinha, father of Ajitabh, seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Missing techie case: Cops train radar on tech-savvy gangs
Phone from which calls were made to Ajitabh before he went missing was brand new, SIM was bought from city
The city police are now focusing on interstate ‘tech savvy’ vehicle lifter gangs to locate 29-year-old Ajitabh Kumar, the techie from Whitefield, who went missing in his car on December 18. Such gangs leave no digital trail for the cops. They often purchase a new encrypted phones with the sole purpose of contacting their potential targets and dispose the phone of soon after the crime.
The involvement of these gangs is being probed after a smartphone was recovered from a casual labourer Gunjur recently that was used to make a couple of calls to Ajitabh before he went missing. Police teams have been sent to Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh and are also verifying with their counterparts about people arrested in similar cases from their areas.
However, cops are yet to make any breakthrough in the case as they are yet to get any clinching evidence to take the probe to the next level.
Police had questioned this man who later confessed that he found the phone discarded and had started using it about a fortnight back. It was also found that the gadget was purchased along with a new SIM card from a city outlet using fake credentials more than a month back. After enquiring with the store personnel, it was confirmed that the buyer of this high-end phone, had specifically asked about the duration of the security camera footage at the store to the salesman. He was told the store had 30 days’ CCTV back-up and the phone was activated exactly 30 days after the day of purchase. Coincidentally, Ajitabh had uploaded the ad to sell his grey Maruti Ciaz car to fund his MBA course at IIM on November 17. Police suspect the miscreant waited for more than 30 days and then got in touch with Ajitabh to offer a price for the car and lured him out to Gunjur.
“The transcripts and details of some conversations have been sought from Whatsapp and Google. They have responded but we are yet to get the full details. Ajitabh’s phone is also missing,” said sources.
Police are also looking at stolen car markets and dealers in Tamil Nadu to confirm whether the vehicle has been re-registered or dismantled to be sold as spare parts. As of now they are yet to get any actionable CCTV image of either Ajitabh or his car.
Ajitabh was at home the whole day on December 18 and had driven out of his residence at around 6:30 pm towards Gunjur before he and the vehicle became untraceable. After his father AK Sinha approached the High Court with a writ petition seeking CBI probe, the court ordered the formation of the SIT under the supervision of the city police commissioner.
“We are working on the case and are confident of cracking it at the earliest. The commissioner and Additional commissioner are directly supervising it on a daily basis. We understand the agony of his family,” said Abdul Ahad, Deputy Commissioner (Whitefield).
As of now the SIT has 80 police personnel are working on the case. Police have also sent Ajitabh’s photographs to other states including New Delhi.
MISSING TECHIE Court to police chief: Submit weekly report on SIT probeTIMES NEWS NETWORK
Bengaluru:The high court on Monday directed the city police commissioner to submit periodical reports on the progress made by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up to look into the case of missing techie, Kumar Ajitabh. Justice A S Bopanna gave this direction while asking commissioner T Suneel Kumar to submit a brief report on Monday.
Earlier, additional advocate general (AAG) A G Shivanna submitted a report on behalf of the SIT. He told the court that the SIT had consulted the parents of the techie and they require two more weeks to submit a progress report.
However, the court granted only a week, saying no progress has been made so far, except for constituting the SIT. “Investigation may go on but a weekly report is necessary to know the developments. If the commissioner feels disclosing details may derail the probe, he may submit it in a sealed cover,” the judge said.
The court noted that instead of SIT submitting a voluminous report, the commissioner may give a brief report after going through the inputs and also analyzing as to whether he is satisfied with the probe or not.
Police said the person, who made the last call to Ajitabh, had purchased the cellphone and sim card submitting a fake identity proof and both appear to have been destroyed later.
Commissioner, not SIT, should submit progress report: Karnataka High Court
By Express News Service | Published: 23rd January 2018
BENGALURU: The Karnataka High Court on Monday said the City Police Commissioner, and not the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted by him, should submit the report to the court on the progress of the investigation into the case of missing techie Kumar Ajitabh. Justice A S Bopanna ordered the City Police Commissioner to submit a brief report on Monday after analysing the inputs of the progress of the investigation on receiving it on a day-to-day basis from the SIT. This direction was issued after the SIT, instead of the police commissioner, submitted the report to the court through the Additional Advocate General A G Shivanna.
The court observed that it would be appropriate for the police commissioner to receive inputs on day-to-day basis from the SIT and analyse it to know whether he is satisfied with the nature of investigation being conducted by the officers picked by him and guide them on steps to be taken. Then, he should submit a brief report, the court said.
The High Court on January 16, 2018 had directed the city police commissioner to constitute an SIT to trace the Patna-based software engineer Kumar Ajitabh. He went missing when he left home after receiving a call from a prospective buyer of his car for which he had advertised on online marketplace OLX on December 18, 2017.
Police commissioner told to file report in missing techie case
- SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT JANUARY 22, 2018The Karnataka High Court on Monday asked the police commissioner to submit a report within a week on the progress made by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) constituted to trace missing software engineer Kumar Ajitabh.Justice A.S. Bopanna issued the direction when the government counsel submitted inputs received from the SIT, which was constituted by the commissioner on a direction from the court.The court was hearing a petition filed by Ashok Kumar Sinha, father of Ajitabh, seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation.When the government counsel sought two weeks time to submit the report, the court told the commissioner to submit a weekly report. If the commissioner feels that disclosing details of the investigation may derail the probe, the report could be submitted in a sealed cover, the court said.Ajitabh is missing since he left home on December 18, 2017 after receiving a call from a prospective buyer for his car, which he had offered for sale in an online advertisement.
SIT starts search for missing techie
The city police have formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to locate 29-year-old techie Ajitabh Kumar who has been missing from Whitefield. City police commissioner constituted the SIT based on the High Court order to form the specialised team and crack the case at the earliest.
Additional Commissioner (East) Seemant Kumar Singh is supervising the team with 16 senior police officers including Abdul Ahad, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Whitefield). The team is expected to submit daily progress reports to the city police commissioner on the developments in the case.
Ajitabh Kumar reportedly drove out of his residence in a grey Maruti Ciaz car on December 18 and has been untraceable since then. His family had initially lodged a missing complaint which was later modified with police adding abduction charges. Foul play was confirmed behind his disappearance almost nine days after the missing complaint was filed. Police suspect that Ajitabh could have been lured out by someone on the pretext of buying his car which he had put up for sale on an online classified portal.
According to Abdul Ahad, Deputy Commissioner (Whitefield), the SIT has already started working under the command of the senior officers. The SIT has made Whitefield police station its base and has roped in additional constables to aid in the probe.
The High Court had ordered for the formation of the SIT after hearing a writ petition filed by Ajitabh’s father AK Sinha seeking the transfer of the case to a specialised agency like the CBI. The court has ordered the police to present a status report of the probe before it on January 22.
Form SIT to trace missing techie: Court
‘Sim Used For Call Was Destroyed’TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Bengaluru: Stressing the need for hourly and not dayto-day monitoring in the case of missing techie Kumar Ajitabh, the high court on Tuesday directed the police commissioner to constitute a special investigation team (SIT) to carry out the probe.
Justice A S Bopanna passed the order while asking police to submit a progress report on January 22, the next date of hearing. The court is hearing a petition filed by Ajitabh’s father Ashok Kumar Sinha, who has sought a CBI probe in the case.
Ajitbah went missing on December 18, 2017 when he went to meet an unknown person who had responded to his advertisement on online marketplace OLX regarding the sale of his car.
Additional advocate general A G Shivanna submitted a report before the court listing the steps taken by police to trace the techie, who was employed with British Telecom. He, however, said the probe had made no headway so far.
Fake address was provided to obtain sim card
Shivanna said the call made by the unknown person to Ajitabh was from a SIM card which was obtained by providing a fake address, and it seems to have been destroyed after the call. After examining the report, the judge noted the probe had reached a deadend, while suggesting the case be probed by a special team comprising officers handpicked by the commissioner, who should monitor the progress.
In his petition, Ashok had claimed that despite registration of two FIRs in separate complaints by Whitefield police on December 20 and December 29, 2017, his son was yet to be traced.
‘Special team to trace missing techie’
Sensing no headway in the probe to locate missing techie Ajitabh Kumar (29), the High Court on Monday ordered the city police commissioner to take over the probe and also constitute a special investigation team of senior officers to crack the case at the earliest.
The court has also ordered the top cop to monitor the day to day progress of the case. The order was made during the hearing of the writ petition filed before the court by AK Sinha, the victim’s father requesting the court to transfer the case to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The special investigation team is expected to be formed by Wednesday evening and take over the case from Whitefield police. The court has also instructed the police to submit a report about the subsequent progress in the probe on January 22.
Ajitabh Kumar, an employee of British Telecom had gone missing from his residence on December 18 evening after he drove out in his grey Maruti Ciaz car.
Police initially treated it as a missing case till December 29 when it was officially registered as an abduction case.
The cops believe that Ajitabh was targeted by a gang of organised abductors after spotting his post on an online classified portal to sell his car. He was reportedly lured to an isolated spot in Gunjur which according to police was his last known location as per mobile tower readings.
Whitefield police initially had zeroed upon three people who had contacted Ajitabh after posting the ad and one of them was found to be registered under fake credentials.
However police have been claiming that investigation was under progress and they were hopeful of a breakthrough at the earliest.
HC orders top cop to form SIT to trace missing techie
BENGALURU, DHNS: The High Court of Karnataka on Tuesday directed the Bengaluru police commissioner to form a special investigation team of senior officers to trace Kumar Ajitabh, the 29-year-old software engineer who has been missing for almost a month now.
Justice A S Bopanna passed the orders on a petition filed by Ajitabh’s father, Ashok Kumar Sinha, who has demanded a CBI probe into the case. The judge directed the police to submit a progress report by January 22. He observed that police had not been able to make any significant progress in the case and criticised the way the investigation had been carried out.
Ajitabh went missing on December 18, 2017, when he left home to meet a prospective buyer who had responded to his advertisement on OLX, an online marketplace. Ajitabh had put his car up for sale.
Eye in the sky is hunting for missing techie’s car
Whitefield police have been flying a drone over its limits to locate the missing techie Ajitabh Kumar at his last traced location in Gunjur and nearby areas. The police drone fitted with camera was being used to spot and locate whether Ajitabh’s vehicle, a grey Maruti Ciaz, that has also been missing along with him was parked in a concealed manner anywhere near Gunjur and the outskirts of the city leading towards Tamil Nadu.
The High Court had demanded a status report from the Whitefield police about the progress of the probe on Monday after Ajitabh’s father AK Sinha approached it with a writ petition seeking transfer of the case to the CBI last week.
“Not only the drone, we have been following many other leads too. We have apprised the court about our team’s work and we are hoping that we will nab the culprits at the earliest,” said Abdul Ahad, Deputy Commissioner (Whitefield).
The Whitefield police have also confirmed that a group of people are involved behind Ajitabh’s disappearance. Police suspect that Ajitabh was lured out with his car to Gunjur after he posted an ad on OLX portal seeking buyers for the vehicle. The police were focusing on three people who had contacted Ajitabh for buying the vehicle. As many as 60 police personnel divided into eight teams each under a senior officer are working on the case.
“We have some leads and some visuals but as of now we are trying to work on them so as to crack the case without any loophole,” said sources.
Additional Advocate General AG Shivanna approached on behalf of Whitefield police before the High Court on Monday. The police had submitted a status report of over 40 pages to the court.
Ajitabh’s father AK Sinha has been camping in the city since December 20 waiting for any update about his son. Ajitabh drove out of his Whitefield apartment in his car on the evening of December 18. The High Court has asked the police to submit the second status report of the case on January 16.
HC to police: Show seriousness and trace techie missing since Dec 18TIMES NEWS NETWORK
Bengaluru: The high court on Monday asked state police to show some seriousness in investigating the case of missing techie Kumar Ajitabh.
Justice A S Bopanna made this observation while hearing a petition filed by Ajitabh’s father wherein he had sought transferring the case to the CBI. Adjourning the hearing to January 16, the judge said the court is expecting some development by then as police have formed special teams to trace the techie.
The court also noted it’s “every-day agony” as the petitioner is not able to reconcile whether his son is alive or not.
Earlier, the judge sought to know the next step as the report submitted by police indicates that Ajitabh’s mobile is off and there is no specific lead. The judge said though it’s not advisable to refer every case to CBI, police should show some seriousness and unless they do it, such cases are bound to happen.
However, Additional Advocate General (AAG) A G Shivanna told the court that there’s been substantial progress and the investigation is on by eight special teams comprising 60 personnel. He also sought two more weeks.
In his petition, Ashok Kumar Sinha, father of Ajitabh, claimed that despite registration of two FIRs in separate complaints by Whitefield police on December 20 and December 29, 2017, his son has not yet been traced even after 15 days and there is no substantial progress in the city police investigation.
Gang may be involved: Dad
He apprehended that there is grave danger to his 30-year-old son, a software engineer with British Telecom who went missing around 6.30pm on December 18 after receiving a call from an unknown person who offered to purchase his car which had been put for sale on OLX, an online marketplace.
According to him, his son may have been abducted for gain or been a victim of an organized gang involved in organ trafficking or his IT skills may be used for anti-national activities.
Pursue case of missing techie with all seriousness, HC tells police
SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT JANUARY 08, 2018
Government counsel informs court that eight teams with 60 personnel have been constituted to trace him
The Karnataka High Court on Monday advised the city police to pursue with all seriousness the investigation into the disappearance of Kumar Ajitabh, a software engineer. Ajitabh has not been seen after leaving his home on December 18, 2017 apparently to meet a person who was interested in purchasing his car. The techie had posted an advertisement on an online portal offering his car for sale.
Justice A.S. Bopanna made this observation when the government counsel, during the hearing of a petition filed by Ajitabh’s father seeking a probe by the CBI, informed the court that eight teams with 60 personnel have been constituted to trace the missing techie, but no lead has been found so far.
The court observed that it is ‘every day’s agony’ for the father as he is unable to know the status of his son.
Earlier, the government counsel submitted a report to the court indicating the efforts being made by the police team to gather information about Ajitabh’s whereabouts.
Ajitabh, an employee of British Telecom, had put an advertisement in November last year on OLX offering to sell his Maruti Suzuki Ciaz car.
The petitioner, Ashok Kumar Sinha, said that his son wanted to sell the car to partly fund his higher studies as Ajitabh had secured admission in IIM Calcutta. The petitioner suspected that his son may have been kidnapped by an organised gang.
‘I WILL NOT SPARE WHOEVER DID THIS TO MY SON… IT’S A NEVER-ENDING NIGHTMARE’
By: Binoy Valsan
A moving story of a father’s desperate search for his missing son
It has been 20 days since 62-year-old Ashok Kumar Sinha is living in his son’s bedroom in a sparsely furnished 3 BHK apartment on ECC Road, Whitefield. At night, he lies on the mattress that is spread on the floor, but sleep evades him. Every time the doorbell rings, his hopes soar. But there has been no good news. There has been no bad news. It gets to him that after all this time, there has been no news at all of his missing son.
When he first came here, Sinha spent a lot of time walking the lanes of Gunjur (on the outskirts of the city) clutching a spare key to his son’s grey Maruti Ciaz. Every few minutes, he would press the car locator button and strain to hear the car’s alarm.
Sinha’s 29-year-old son Ajitabh Kumar, a techie, went missing on December 18. Two days later, the father arrived in the city from Mumbai. He has since been tireless hunting for Ajitabh, who is suspected to have been abducted. The Maruti Ciaz, which he was going to sell, is missing too. The last signal from Ajitabh’s phone was traced to Gunjur. Ajitabh had posted an ad on OLX to sell his car on November 17 and the police suspect someone lured him to Gunjur on the pretext of inspecting the vehicle.
“It is like a never-ending nightmare. I am a God-fearing man. Why is this happening to me? I will not spare anyone involved in this,” says Sinha, a retired banker, torn between despair and determination. He came to the city with his elder son Arunabh and his son-in-law Mimic.
The three have been tirelessly working with the police, and coordinating with relatives and friends of Ajitabh to get clues on where he might have been.
Sinha, in his desperate search, even hired private detectives, paying a hefty sum of Rs 50,000, only to be disappointed. They wanted another Rs 50,000 to continue the hunt. Sinha had to let them go.
He got into WhatsApp communities, even ones as unrelated as rural bank offices, convincing them to post appeals to locate Ajitabh.
Above all, in these last 20 days, he has made countless trips to the local police station to get updates on the case. He has even sought legal support to get the case transferred to the CBI.
Back in his son’s apartment, Sinha spoke to Mirror on Friday. “I cannot sleep. I have nightmares and I wake up in the middle of the night, sit up and try to make sense of the sequence of events, and I ask myself, ‘Where could Ajitabh be now’. It is horrible,” he says.
Sinha, a diabetic who also suffers from hypertension, says he fears that the ordeal might make him sick which would be worse because then he won’t be able to look for his son, he says. “Every time the doorbell or the telephone rings, I wish it is him trying to reach us. It has been so many days,” he says.
Ajitabh’s room is left exactly as it is when he left it at 6.30 pm on December 18. A packed guitar is perched on an almirah alongside a can of protein supplements.
(His son was very health conscious, says Sinha.) A couple of English bestsellers from various genres are stacked up on the table. There’s ‘The Prisoner of Azkaban’ from the Harry Potter series, along with a couple of novels from the Twilight saga.
Sinha had tried calling Ajitabh from Mumbai at around 8 pm on December 18 but the phone was switched off. He pointed this out to his wife Asha (56) who quickly dismissed his fear saying Ajitabh could be sleeping or busy with some work. But his fears came true when he received a call from Ajitabh’s roommates saying they could not find him. “I asked them to search at city’s hospitals and also inform the police,” he says. Two days later, Sinha came to Bengaluru with his son and son-in-law.
As a missing complaint had already been filed, they went on social media, posting appeals to locate Ajitabh.
“We wanted our appeal to be heard everywhere. He could be anywhere, maybe in a rural area without any proper channel of communication,” Sinha says. Bijaykumar Shetty, the cook, is the last person who saw Ajitabh before he left home. But Shetty told BM that all Ajitabh told him was that he was going out.
SEARCH IN GUNJUR
After police told Sinha that Gunjur was the location where Ajitabh’s phone was traced before it became unresponsive, Sinha took the duplicate keys of Ajitabh’s car and for two days walked around in Gunjur, desperately looking for the car. His roommate Ravi Kumar (30), who is also Ajitabha’s schoolmate from Patna, said: “We went around Gunjur and border areas near the toll plaza and showed Ajitabh’s photograph to the locals. But nobody had seen him.”
When someone suggested hiring a private detective to locate Ajitabh, Sinha agreed and found a city-based detective agency. They charged Rs 50,000 as initial payment but delivered no results. Later, they asked for a second instalment of another Rs 50,000. “I said ‘no, thank you’ to them and asked them to stop their efforts. They were not doing anything,” Sinha added.
After his online appeals went viral, Sinha has been receiving phone calls from all over the country by people offering to find Ajitabh for a ‘nominal’ fee. “I received a call from Kolkata. A man claimed he was a journalist and he would find my son for a nominal amount. Do journalists work like this?” Sinha asks.
NO ANSWER FOR WIFE
Ajitabh was his mother’s pet, says Sinha. He believes his wife, Asha, in Mumbai is even more anxious to see their son again. Sinha says he stopped talking to her over the phone for almost 10 days because he did not have an answer for her. Finally, it was his elder son Arunabh who insisted that he speak with his mother. “What will I tell her? I am doing everything I can but I do not have anything to say to her. So I stopped talking,” Sinha adds.
READY FOR IIM-K
Sinha said Ajitabh’s bank accounts and funds had not been tampered with. He had got admission for an Executive MBA at IIM Kolkata and was apparently trying to fund his education by selling his car.
Sinha found that Ajitabh had applied for a private loan of Rs 8 lakh and the sanctioned money had been lying in his account untouched.
Multiple trips to the Whitefield police station have become routine for Sinha and his son. Sinha says while he has confidence in the Bengaluru police, he is anxious about the time lost. He went to the High Court with a writ petition, seeking a CBI probe. The court has taken it up and asked the police to file a status report on Jan 8. The residents’ association of the apartment complex has also sent a petition to BJP MLA Aravind Limbavali to speed up the probe.
Police realised it was an abduction case almost nine days after the missing complaint. It was on December 29 that the Whitefield police lodged an FIR with abduction charges after being convinced of ‘foul play’.
Deputy Commissioner (Whitefield) Abdul Ahad told BM on Sunday that the case would be cracked in a couple of days. But, clearly, it is turning out to be more complex than they thought. “We are working on the case and following all available angles. We will crack the case at the earliest,” said the DCP. As of now, the police suspect that Ajitabh was lured to Gunjur by someone who spotted his OLX ad online to sell his car. They had identified three OLX users who had contacted Ajitabh and were trying to zero in one of them who had provided some fake credentials. The police are trying to retrace Ajitabh’s digital footprints both on his laptop and phone.
Meanwhile, Sinha still finds it hard to believe it. “Why would anyone do this to Ajitabh? He is not involved in anything. He was a Peace Education Program volunteer. He had also adopted a Tamil Nadu-based family and was helping them financially,” says the father.
AK Sinha along with Arunabh and residents of Ajitabh’s apartment complex demanding CBI probe in the case on Sunday evening
#FindAjitabh: Missing Bengaluru techie’s dad fears links to organised crime
By Express News Service | Published: 05th January 2018
BENGALURU: The Karnataka High Court has asked the government advocate to get instructions in connection with a petition seeking directions to the government to transfer the investigation into the case of missing techie Kumar Ajitabh to the Central Bureau of Investigation.
Alleging that the city police have absolutely failed to trace his son even 15 days after he went missing, Ajitabh’s father Ashok Kumar Sinha, a native of Patna, has moved the court.
Hearing the petition, Justice A S Bopanna on Thursday also ordered notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs, CBI and the DG&IGP of Karnataka.
Further hearing was adjourned to January 8. Sinha stated that his son has been missing since December 18, 2017 and Whitefield police has not been able to trace him so far.
In his petition, Sinha expressed apprehension that his son’s abduction may be linked to organised crime wherein Ajitabh’s skills in IT could be used for anti-national activities or his life may endangered if he is made a victim of organ trafficking.
Possible abduction is even more perplexing as there have been no demands for ransom, etc., as is generally noticed in other cases of abduction/kidnapping, he claimed.
Pointing out that there has been no headway in the investigation by Whitefield police, Sinha contended that the case warrants transfer to CBI as it is a rare and exceptional one involving investigation outside Karnataka. According to the petition, Ajitabh was residing at Whitefield in the city and was working as a software engineer with British Telecom. There is also a grave threat to his life, it said.
Ajitabh had secured admission in IIM-Calcutta and as his financial condition was not very sound, he wanted to sell his new Maruti Suzuki Ciaz car to meet part of his tuition fee. For this purpose, he put up an advertisement on the online Classifieds portal OLX in November 2017.
On December 18, Ajitabh received a call from an unknown person who claimed to be a prospective buyer for his car. Following this, Ajitabh left home around 6.30 pm to meet the buyer and has been missing ever since.
On December 20, Ajitabh’s friend and flatmate Ravi Kumar lodged a complaint with Whitefield Police Station.
On December 29, his father Sinha lodged another complaint.
The FIRs have been registered but attempts to trace him were not bearing any fruit, Sinha claimed.
Missing techie’s father moves HC for CBI probe
The Karnataka High Court has ordered issue of a notice to the State government on a petition seeking a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) into the disappearance of Kumar Ajitabh. The software engineer has not been seen after apparently going out on December 18, 2017 to meet a person who expressed interest in purchasing his car. He had put his car for sale on an online portal.
Justice A.S. Bopanna passed the order on a petition filed by Ashok Kumar Sinha, father of Ajitabh.
Pointing out that the city police have not able to trace his son despite registration of two FIRs, one on December 20 and another on December 29, the petitioner suspected that his son might have been abducted for gain or may have fallen prey to a gang involved in organ trafficking or a mafia, which wants to use Ajitabh’s IT skills for anti-national activities.
Ajitabh, an employee of British Telecom, had put up an advertisement in November last year offering to sell his Maruti Suzuki Ciaz car. The petitioner said that his son wanted to sell the car to partly fund his higher studies as Ajitabh had secured admission in IIM Calcutta.
Father of missing techie moves HC for CBI probe
The High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday issued notices to the Centre and the CBI on a petition over the disappearance of a 30-year-old software engineer in Bengaluru last month. Screen grab
The High Court of Karnataka on Wednesday issued notices to the Centre and the CBI on a petition over the disappearance of a 30-year-old software engineer in Bengaluru last month.
Kumar Ajitabh, who worked for British Telecom in Bellandur, went missing after driving off in a sedan on December 16. He had put the car up for sale on OLX, an online marketplace.
His father, Ashok Kumar Sinha, has urged the court to order a CBI inquiry into his son’s disappearance as the police have been unable to trace him.
Justice A S Bopanna, who heard the petition, ordered notices to the CBI and the Centre. The matter has been adjourned until January 8.
Ajitabh had left his Whitefield residence around 6.30 pm on December 16, according to his roommates. His phone was last active at 7.10 pm. There has been no news of him ever since.
Sinha listed several possibilities in the petition. He suspects his son was kidnapped by anti-social elements since he is a highly skilled software engineer or could be a victim of an organ trafficking gang.
Missing techie’s father takes case to High Court
The family of 29-year-old techie Ajitabh Kumar, who is suspected to have been lured and abducted from the city, has knocked on the doors of the High Court to get the case transferred to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
A writ petition filed by Ashok Kumar Sinha, the missing techie’s father in this regard, is expected to come up for hearing before court hall no.6 on Wednesday.
Ajitabh has been untraced since December 18 evening along with his car worth Rs 13.5 lakh, which he had been planning to sell through an online classified portal.
The writ petition No. 16/18 filed by Ashok Kumar Sinha alleging that the state police have not made considerable progress in locating his son even after 15 days and the investigation should be handed over to the CBI. Ajitabh’s father had earlier told BM that the police have told that they were trying to trace Ajitabh. But he also added that it looked like a complex crime and interstate gangs could be involved in it. He had also said that he would seek legal channels to get the case transferred to a specialised agency like the CBI.
AK Sinha arrived in the city from Kharghar in Mumbai and has been camping here since then closely following the police probe. He has also started online campaigns on social media to locate his missing son. He had also been trying to reach out to rural areas in Karnataka and also in Tamil Nadu especially hospitals and medical stations as he is apprehensive of Ajitabh being hurt and undergoing treatment.
Meanwhile the Whitefield police handling the case at the moment have been trying to trace out the real identity of one online buyer who had expressed interest in checking out Ajitabh’s Maruti car. Initially police were questioning three online users but later narrowed it down to one as it was found that it was registered under fake address. They also have been unable to locate Ajitabh after Gunjur at around 7:30 pm on December 18.
“We tried many security cameras in Sarjapur, Bellandur and also towards Tamil Nadu. But we have been unable to locate neither Ajitabh nor his car,” said an official involved in the probe.
Ajitabh had secured admission for MBA at IIM Kolkata in the coming academic year and was trying to sell the vehicle and raise fund for his education. Police had initially taken it up as a missing case but later added abduction charges after initial probe confirmed of foul play behind his disappearance.
Abducted techie’s father to move plea for CBI probe| Bangalore Mirror Bureau
A fortnight after waiting for the return of his 29-year-old techie son, suspected to have been abducted from Whitefield, Ashok Kumar Sinha is gearing up to file official petitions to get the case transferred to CBI. The retired banker presently camping in the city and following the police probe has claimed that the case should be handed over to the central agency as there could be the involvement of specialised interstate gangs.
“It seems my son was taken away in a very planned operation. It seems like a complex case,” Sinha added.
His son Ajitabh Kumar had driven out of his Whitefield residence on December 18 6:30 pm and had been incommunicado since then. He had earlier posted an online advertisement on a classified portal seeking buyers for his Rs 13.6 lakh worth Maruti car to fund his MBA course at IIM Kolkata. Police suspect that someone could have contacted him in connection with the ad and lured him out of his home. Police said that his last mobile tower location was found to be in Gunjur and after that he along with the car has vanished into thin air. DCP Whitefield Abdul Ahad has formed special team and as many as 60 people are working on the case. Police initially lodged a missing case initially but later it was registered as an abduction case after preliminary probe revealed foul play in the incident.
NO HEADWAY YET IN MISSING TECHIE CASE
By: Binoy Valsan
Investigation in full swing with 60 officers at work, say police
The city police are yet to make any headway in locating Ajitabh Kumar, the 29-year- old techie, suspected to have been abducted after being lured to Gunjur near Whitefield on December 18.
Police have added abduction charges to the FIR and confirmed that Kumar must have been lured by a conman who showed interest to buy his car which he had put up for sale on OLX, an online classified portal. Police have zeroed in three people who had responded to Ajitabh’s online advt. One of the people who responded to his ad is now under scanner but police suspect that it is a well planned crime as they suspect the final call to lure Ajitabh from his home was either made through internet or encrypted social media platform.
“Two of them were genuine enquiries but the third response seems to have been orginated from a user ID with a fake address and also a mobile number taken using fake documents. We are probing further on these lines,” said sources.
The police also added that they scanned the mobile number and as of now they were unable to find the last call or message that was made on December 18 to Ajitabh’s phone. They suspect that it was part of the plan to not leave any evidence and abduct him with the car. Police also scanned security cameras along Sarjapura, Bellandur and nearby areas including the highway leading to Tamil Nadu.
“As of now, none of the cameras have captured Ajitabh’s image or his vehicle. We think that his captors purposefully avoided cameras along the route,” said official sources.
Deputy Commissioner Whitefield Abdul Ahad on Friday had told BM that a team of 60 officials were working on the case and were trying to locate Ajitabh. Ajitabh had got admission in Kolkata IIM for MBA and was planning to sell his car to fund his education.His father Ashok Kumar had opined that it was turning out to be a complex case and the probe should be handed out to a specialised agency.
Drunk techie mows down 1, injures others| Bangalore Mirror Bureau
A software engineer, who is said to have been driving under the influence of alcohol, wreaked havoc on the road after he knocked down one person, killing him, and rammed into more than four vehicles, injuring several people at Electronics City on Thursday evening.
Dastagiri, 36, had just parked his bike near a shop and was talking to someone, when Krunal Krishna, 30, drove his Volkswagen car, right into him, killing him on the spot. The completely drunk Krishna did not slow down and went ahead to hit a Bajaj Discover bike, a Honda Activa and a Royal Enfield motorcycle and other vehicles parked on the roadside. A few others were injured, and are said to be out of danger now. The accident happened around 6 pm on Parappana Agrahara Central Jail Road. The local people, who witnessed the accident, chased Krishna, nabbed him and beat him up. The law and order police of Electronics City detained Krishna and took him to the police station before the angry crowd beat him to death. Electronics City traffic police shifted Dastagiri’s body to mortuary and arrested Krishna.
Krishna lives in an apartment at Bommanahalli. According to the traffic police, the car was in Krishna’s wife’s name. Police contacted his wife, who also works in a private firm. She has told the police the couple have applied for divorce. She told police that Krishna had taken car from her, but is staying in the separately. Krishna will be booked IPC section 304-Culpable homicide not amounting to murder.
Drunk techie rams car into bikes, kills 1 rider
Bengaluru: A 30-year-old software engineer was caught and beaten up by the public after he allegedly lost control of his car, killed a biker, injured many others and damaged several other vehicles near Parappana Agrahara, southeast Bengaluru, on Thursday. Policesaid Krunal Krishna was drunk and was driving rashly.
Krunal, who works as a software engineer in a private firm and resides in Bommanahalli, rammed several bikes parked by the roadside around 6.30pm at Parappana Agrahra Junction. One of the riders, Dastagir, 36, was killed instantly. Krunal lost control of his car and first hit Dastagir, who had parked his bike in front of a puncture shop to get a flat tyre fixed. Krunal continued to speed and he hit a Bajaj Discover bike, a Honda Activa and a Royal Enfield motorcycle and other vehicles parked on the roadside. Locals chased Krunal and eventually got him to stop his car. Before ElectronicsCity police reached the the spot, Krunal was beaten up black and blue by the public . TNN
Police form five teams to locate
Whitefield police inspector G Praveen Babu told DH that one of the teams has been sent out of the state in search of Ajitabh.
Verifying bank records
The other teams are checking his mobile phone call records, social media posts, bank transactions and OLX customer, where he had put up an ad to sell his car.
The police are also quizzing habitual offenders.
Babu said the police have been on this case ever since the youngster went missing on December 18, but remain clueless.
Working for British Telecom near Bellandur, Ajitabh had recently placed an OLX ad to sell his Maruti Suzuki Ciaz. He received a call from someone regarding his ad. He left home at 6.30 pm to meet the unknown caller and never returned.
His roommate said Ajitabh was active on WhatsApp till 7.10 pm, after which his cell phone was switched off. The police said his last mobile tower location was traced to Gunjur near Whitefield.
Ajitabh wanted to sell his car to pursue an executive MBA programme at IIM-Kolkata for which he was selected.
Techie in luxury car rams into two bikes, a car; two killed
By Express News Service | Published: 26th December 2017
CHENNAI: A speeding luxury car driven by a young techie rammed into two motorbikes and a parked car, killing a student on the spot and leaving three others injured, one of whom died in hospital, at Gandhi Mandapam Road on Sunday.
On Sunday, P Kaliappan (20), a third year BTech student at Anna University, was riding his scooter with professor Narasimhan (46) on the pillion. “They were trying to enter the back gate of the university on Gandhi Mandapam Road. Kaliappan took a right to cross the road and enter the gate, when C Mugandran (28) who was speeding in his Mercedes Benz car knocked them down. The Merc then bumped into another bike a few metres away and came to a halt after it rammed into a parked car,” said the investigation officer.
V Praveen Kumar (23), of Villivakkam, was riding the other motorbike with friend R Venkatesan (27), of Kodambakkam. They were returning from a church at Besant Nagar when they were knocked down. Venkatesan died on the spot while Praveen sustained severe injures. Praveen was taken to a private hospital where he died later.
Passersby alerted the police who rushed in and nabbed Mugandran, of Mogappair East. Mugandran, owns a software company on ECR and was heading home after work.The officer said Mugendran was not under influence. He blamed the accident on speeding. A case has been registered with the Adyar traffic investigation under IPC section 304 (a) (Causing death by negligence), 279 (Rash driving or riding on a public way) and 338 (endangering life or personal safety of others).
Chennai: Four persons were injured after the car they were travelling in fell off the Maduravoyal Bypass Road at Irumbuliyur near Tambaram as the driver lost control of the vehicle on Sunday night. Police said Karthick, Jeeva, Dinesh and Nagaraj had come from Tiruvannamalai to attend a function. “The four were returning to their hometown on Sunday night. As they were travelling along the Maduravoyal bypass, Karthick driving the car lost control and rammed into the side railing of the flyover and the car fell from a height of about 40 feet,” said the police. “Since it was late night, there was not much traffic. The four persons sustained injuries. Some locals rushed them to the hospital where they are undergoing treatment,” police added. A case has been registered by the Chromepet traffic investigation wing.
Cops release pamphlets seeking info on missing techie| Bangalore Mirror Bureau
Bengaluru police on Monday released pamphlets with a photograph of 29-year-old Ajitabh Kumar, a techie who went from his Whitefield residence on December 18, seeking information from the public.
Ajitabh drove out of his residence that he shared with his friends in his grey Maruti Ciaz car around 6:30 pm on December 18. He was trying to sell his car to fund his MBA course at IIM Kolkata in the coming academic year and had posted an ad for his car on an online classified portal. It is suspected that he was lured out of his residence in his car by someone posing as a potential buyer for the vehicle. Police are questioning three people who had shown interest in buying the vehicle.
On Monday, Ajitabh’s father Ashok Kumar and other family members reached Bengaluru from Kharghar in Mumbai and are waiting for him to be traced. “It’s been seven days and, at times, we fear the worst. We always thought Bengaluru was safe and peaceful. Most of the people are educated and everybody comes here to work in a software company or some other firm,” Ashok Kumar said.
Ashok Kumar also told BM that Ajitabh always used to phone him at least twice a week and had even discussed his marriage about a week before he went missing. He also added that Ajitabh was expected to pay Rs 5 lakh as the first instalment of the fee by December 20 and that he would write to the institute to consider this as a special case and seek an extension.
Abdul Ahad, deputy commissioner (Whitefield), said that all efforts were being made to locate Ajitabh and added that his call details on December 18 were being traced.
Ajitabh’s last mobile tower location was traced to Gunjur near Whitefield on the outskirts of the city at 7:30 pm, almost an hour after he left home. Police added that there has been no report of any vehicle or body being recovered from nearby police stations.
Ajitabh originally hails from Patna and was working as a technical manager with British Telecom in the city. He graduated from Manipal Institute of Technology and has been in the city since 2010. His father was residing with his elder brother in Mumbai.
No trace of missing Bengaluru techie, left home to meet OLX buyer for car
Bengaluru: It’s been a week and there is still no trace of the 29-year-old software engineer from Patna who had gone missing from the Whitefield Area in Bengaluru under mysterious circumstances on December 18.
Ajitabh Kumar, who worked at British Telecom, left home around 6:30 pm last Monday.
Friends of Ajitabh suspect that he might have got a call from a prospective buyer for his car that he had put up on sale on the online marketplace OLX.
There is no trace of Ajitabh’s vehicle and his phone is also switched off. The police are analysing CCTV footage from the area and nearby toll plazas as well.
Friends of Ajitabh say he was last active on WhatsApp around 7:10 pm on the same day, but soon his number got switched off with the last location of the mobile phone being Gunjur near Whitefield.
“We are investigating all angles. We have sought data from the online classified portal as well. We have obtained his call record details as well,” NDTV quoted a police officer who is the part of the investigation.
The police said the investigation so far has not suggested anything out of the ordinary in Ajitabh’s personal and professional life.
Ajitabh moved to Bengaluru in 2010 and since then he has been staying with his childhood friend Ravi in Whitefield.
Ajitabh wanted to sell his car to join Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in 2018 as he had passed the interview.
“He had got through for an executive MBA program at IIM (Indian Institute of Management), Kolkata. He had to pay around Rs 5 lakh by the 20th and we guess that’s why he had put up his car for sale to fund his fee. When he left home, he was in casual wear and didn’t tell anyone where he was going,” Ravi said.
Ajitabh had bought a Maruti Ciaz car by paying Rs 12 lakh and he had quoted Rs 11.8 lakh on OLX a couple of weeks ago. He had also applied for a loan with a private bank to join IIM, The New Indian Express reported Ajitabh’s brother Arnabh as saying.
“We suspect that he might have been kidnapped by some unknown people on the pretext of buying the car. There is no reason why he should disappear like this. He had no issues with family or friends,” Arnabh said.
Ajitabh’s friends and relatives have launched an online campaign to find him
Bengaluru Cops Hunt For Missing Techie Who Went To Meet OLX Buyer For Car
Friends say software professional Ajitabh Kumar he was last active on WhatsApp around 7:10 pm the same day. His brother said he had listed his car for sale on OLX to raise funds for paying MBA course fee
Ajitabh Kumar’s car hasn’t been found. The police are analysing CCTV footage.
- 29-year-old software engineer Ajitabh Kumar missing since last Monday
- Mr Kumar had left home at 6:30 pm after listing his car on Olx
- He had listed car to raise money to pay for MBA course, says brother
Four teams of the Bengaluru police are looking for a 29-year-old software engineer from Patna who has been missing in the city since last Monday, police said today. Ajitabh Kumar, who worked at British Telecom, had listed his car on online marketplace OLX and left home around 6:30 pm. His friends suspect he might have got a call from a prospective buyer.
“We have formed four teams to search for Kumar Ajitabh, who left his house at Whitefield in the city’s south-east suburbs on December 18 morning, apparently to sell his car to a buyer, but did not return home. His mobile phone is also switched off since then,” inspector Praveen Babu told news agency IANS.
Friends say he was last active on WhatsApp around 7:10 pm the same day. A police complaint was filed by one of his friends a day after he went missing. The techie had been staying with his childhood friend Ravi in Bengaluru’s Whitefield ever since he moved to the city in 2010.
“He had got through an executive MBA program at IIM Kolkata, he had to pay around Rs. 5 Lakh by December 20 and we guess that’s why he had put up his car for sale, to fund his fee. When he left home he was in casual wear and didn’t tell anyone where he was going,” Ravi said.
Ajitabh’s brother Arunabh Kumar also said he had listed his car for sale on OLX to raise money for paying the MBA course fee.
“We have not received any clues so far and are working to locate him,” the police officer said.
|The car hasn’t been found either. The police are analysing CCTV footage from the area and nearby toll plazas.|
Ajitabh Kumar’s car which he had listed on online marketplace OLX
The police say Mr Kumar’s phone was tracked last to Gunjur on the outskirts of the city, after which the phone was switched off. The police say it’s extremely difficult to gather details of any communication that might have happened over WhatsApp or online.
“We are investigating all angles, we have sought data from the online classified portal (OLX) as well. We have obtained his call record details as well,” said a police officer who is part of the investigation.
Nothing stands out in Mr Kumar’s personal and professional life that could help investigators so far, say the police.
His friends and relatives have launched an online campaign to find him.
Bengaluru techie missing for a week after he put his car up for sale on Olx
A 29-year-old software engineer from Patna has been missing from Bengaluru’s Whitefield area since December 18, NDTV reported on Monday. Ajitabh Kumar, who worked at British Telecom, had listed his car on online marketplace Olx.
He had left home around 6.30 pm that day. Kumar’s friends believe he had gone out to meet a prospective buyer for his car. “He had got through an executive MBA programme at Indian Institute of Management, Kolkata,” Ravi, Kumar’s flatmate and childhood friend, told NDTV. “He had to pay around Rs 5 lakh by December 20 and we guess that’s why he had put up his car for sale. When he left home, he was in casual wear and didn’t tell anyone where he was going.”
Unidentified police officers told NDTV that Kumar’s phone was tracked last to Gunjur on the outskirts of Bengaluru, after which it was switched off. His WhatsApp was active till 7.10 pm on December 18. His car is also missing.
“We have formed teams to investigate all aspects of this case,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Abdul Ahad told ANI.
“We have sought data from Olx. We have obtained his call record details as well,” another police officer said.
Kumar’s friends and relatives have started an online campaign to try and find him.
No clue on missing techie
The police are yet to make headway in the case of the techie from Whitefield who has been missing since December 18.
Kumar Ajitabh works for British Telecom. The 30-year-old bachelor shares a place with some others in Whitefield. His room-mates reported his absence after failing to get in touch with him. They registered an FIR with the Whitefield police on December 20.
Ajitabh had put up his Maruti Ciaz for sale on OLX, an online portal for selling used goods.
According to his room-mates, on December 18, some person contacted him with regard to the car. He left around 6.30 p.m., presumably to meet them. He has not been seen since then. His mobile was active till 7.10 p.m. that day.
The mobile service provider informed the police that his phone was last detected at Gunjur around 7.20 p.m.
Whitefield techie missing since Monday
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- Ajitabh had put up his car for sale on online marketplace OLX on Monday.
- He left home after he got a call from an unknown person wishing to meet him regarding the car.
- He left around 6.30pm, presumably to meet the caller, but didn’t return.
Whitefield police, who registered a missing case on Wednesday, said they are making efforts to trace Kumar Ajitabh, a British Telecom employee, but the fact that his phone has remained switched off is proving to be a hurdle.
His roommates told police Ajitabh had put up his car for sale on online marketplace OLX on Monday and had left home after he got a call from an unknown person wishing to meet him regarding the car.
He left around 6.30pm, presumably to meet the caller, but didn’t return. The roommates said he was active on WhatsApp till 7.10pm that day. His last mobile tower location was traced to Gunjur near Whitefield.
Ajitabh’s parents have been informed, and police said they have already procured his call detail record data. His friends told cops he had just been selected for an executive MBA at IIM Kolkata and was selling the car to fund his education.
ONLINE CAR DEAL Week on, techie yet to be tracedTIMES NEWS NETWORK
Bengaluru: A 30-year-old techie who went missing last week after he left home, presumably to meet a potential buyer of his car, is yet to be traced. Whitefield cops have sent alerts to all police stations in the city and have distributed handbills to hasten the search operation.
Kumar Ajitabh, a software engineer with British Telecom who belongs to Bihar, has been missing since last Monday. When all efforts to trace Ajitabh went in vain, his roommate and childhood friend Ravi filed a police complaint on Wednesday. Police collected CCTV footage from various establishments in Gunjur
near Whitefield, where his mobile was switched off on the day when he went missing.
Abdul Ahad, deputy commissioner of police (Whitefield division) said they have no clue about the techie’s whereabouts. Ravi told police Ajitabh had put up his Maruti Ciaz for sale on online marketplace OLX on Monday. He was contacted by an unknown person claiming to be from an OLX user group, and left the house around 6.30pm, apparently to meet the caller. Ajitabh was active on WhatsApp till 7.10pm that day. His last mobile tower location was traced to Gunjur. Ajitabh’s father AK Siral confirmed that his son had posted an advertisement to sell his newly purchased car for Rs 10.8 lakh. “He wanted sell it to collect money for an acad
33-year-old techie hangs self| Bangalore Mirror Bureau 24.12.17
A 33-year-old software engineer has allegedly committed suicide by hanging at his house on Wednesday night in the Vijaynagar police station limits. The deceased has been identified as Harsha Shetty, a software engineer with a private firm.
Shetty used to stay at a house on Fifth Cross, Prashanth Nagar of Vijayanagar.
Shetty was found hanging in his house in the late night. According to police Shetty has not left death note or any message before taking extreme step. “His friends and family members told us that he was depressed over family issues and so we suspect this could be one of the reasons behind this suicide. We have spoken to his colleagues and friends, who said he was not facing harassment at the work place,” a police officer said.
Shetty’s body was handed over to the family after post mortem. A case of unnatural death has been registered by Vijayanagar police.
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Techie suffering from depression commits suicide
A 36-year-old techie committed suicide by hanging herself at her residence in Richmond Town on Saturday.
The victim is identified as Atreya Biswas, a native of Kolkata. She was working in an IT firm in Richmond town for the past three years and lived with her parents.
According to the police, Atreya was suffering from depression for the past three years.
Atreya was alone at her home, on Saturday, when she took the extreme step. Her parents were in Kolkata. When they returned on Saturday night and knocked at the door, they did not receive any response. They broke open the door and found their daughter dead.
A case has been registered with Ashoknagar police station and police are probing the case.