Goa students goes missing after exams

Last Updated: Fri, May 11, 2012 08:51 hrs

Panaji, May 11 (IBNS) Goa police have launched an extensive search for a missing 12th standard student using all its expertise and sniffer dogs.

Omkar Chari, who lives in a government colony with his parents and studies in acclaimed Mushtifund Higher Secondary, was last seen at around 4pm Wednesday leaving his examination centre at Don Bosco School.

The 17-year-old 'science stream' student was supposed to join his friends for a movie at Inox multiplex after appearing for the Goa Common Entrance Test (GCET).

"The boys had planned for a movie after the entrance exam. We gave him Rs 200 to buy the ticket. He refused to take more money," Surekha Chari told this reporter.

The teen, who secured distinction in the SSC exams, did not believe in socializing with friends after joining the higher secondary.

"Since last two years, he stopped going out to play. He never shared his problems or anything with us. It was only him, his room and books," the mother stated further.

While a case of missing person has been registered at Panaji police station, police are not ruling out foul play as the boy was wearing a gold chain when last seen.

"It's a tedious task locating him because he did not carry a mobile phone and neither anybody has any clue about his whereabouts... We will not lose hope though," deputy superintendent of police Umesh Gaonkar told.

According to the parents, the student never forced for any gadgets like cell phone, video games or even internet connection on his computer.

His school friends have launched a parallel search for him using the social networking service facebook.

"A classmate of mine, Omkar Chari has gone missing for the past 21-22 hours. Last seen at Don Bosco´s (for GCET). If you get a visual on him, please contact n help. He is skinny, roughly 5.8 feet tall. Pl Share," Suyash Kamat, the missing boy's classmate posted on his facebook page along with Omkar's picture.

The state is expected to declare Class 12th results on May 15.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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