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Sister awaits missing brother for 3 years, approaches Bombay High Court


Mumbai: The peculiar case of Dahisar -based Anusiya Gaud can be an exception to the saying “change is the only constant.” It would be no exaggeration to say so as Gaud is a sister whose eagerness to see her brother has not changed even a bit in the past three years.

She is still waiting to see her brother who disappeared suddenly in August 2014. The sister has no idea if her brother died or is still alive, and wants a thorough investigation. Gaud has been running from pillar to post and has left no stone unturned to find her brother but her efforts have brought no success. She then filed a missing complaint with the police but it is gathering dust.

With all options exhausted, Gaud finally knocked the doors of Bombay High Court seeking “justice” in 2015. It has been two years now, still there is no respite for the sister. In her petition filed through advocate Raghav Mehrotra, she said that her brother Rafiq Shaikh (21) was in love with a neighborhood girl – Prema Ahire (name changed). Gaud has alleged that Ahire developed illicit relations with other men. “Ahire had developed illicit relations and that’s why Shaikh got depressed,” the petition reads. Gaud has also claimed that Ahire’s father asked Shaikh not to speak to his daughter and had also threatened him that he would “settle” the issue in his own way. But Shaikh paid no heed to the warning and continued his affair with Ahire.

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Subsequently, on the night of August 8, 2014, Shaikh had gone to meet Ahire at Dahisar railway station and has been missing since. Accordingly, Gaud lodged a missing complaint with the local police and also displayed her brother’s photos at various places across the city. Despite the efforts she made, her brother was untraceable and adding to her woes, the police informed her that a body was found in Kelwe village that matches the description of Shaikh.

The petition states, “On July 11, 2014, Kelwe police station was informed by locals that a body has been found on the sea shore. We were informed about the body which was not recognisable. Hair and fingers of the body was cut and the face was destroyed. We identified the clothes but the body could not be identified.”

To ascertain if the body was that of her brother, Gaud sought a DNA test. The reports of DNA did not confirm that the body was of Shaikh. Gaud and her family refused to claim the body and sought a fresh probe but to no avail. She has now sought a fresh investigation to be conducted by the crime branch or the state CID or some other central agency.

A Division Bench of Justice Ranjit More and Justice Sarang Kotwal is currently hearing the matter. In a hearing that took place last week, the judges were unhappy with the manner in which the police have dealt with the matter. The judges have accordingly summoned the senior inspector to remain present in court and have asked the police to file a progress report.