PATNA: A youth from Bihar doing a maritime course with a Malaysian company has gone mysteriously missing for the past one week, leaving the family in a state of shock and despair.
Uday Ranjan who hails from far-off Badgaon village under Bandara block in Muzaffarpur district had left for Malaysia in August last year for pursuing his course but last week, he suddenly went missing.
As per reports in the local media, the victim was initially studying at a maritime institute owned by Ting Chu Ung at Sibu in Malaysia. Recently, however, he had joined another ship without entering into any contract.
Last week, the family members were informed that the victim slipped from the ship into the sea and died but family suspects some foul play in it.
“If my son fell in the sea, why doesn’t the shipping company confirm it? I don’t think my son would have risked going to a point from where he could fall — although he loves talking about river and sea, he is not a very good swimmer,” victim father Sunil Kumar Srivastava was quoted as saying in the English daily The Indian Express on Tuesday.
A hapless Srivastava has now requested External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to urgently look into his problem.
The family is yet to get any information in this regard.