Merchant Navy staffer goes missing from ship, claims brother

The captain searched for Sandeep, but could not find him.

PTI| Updated: Mar 07, 2016, 20:20 PM IST

Bhopal: A 26-year-old trainee Merchant Navy officer from here has disappeared from his ship en-route to Mozambique under mysterious circumstances, his brother claimed on Monday and demanded a CBI probe.

"My brother Sandeep Yadav had last talked to us 12 days ago before he went missing on March 2. He is a trainee electrical officer of 'MT Jag Pushpa' ship of the Great Eastern Shipping Company Limited," Bhupendra Yadav told PTI.

Bhupendra said their father Nandram, a police head constable, received a call from the company's Mumbai office on March 3 about Sandeep having gone missing from the vessel, which had started from Vadinar in Gujarat, while it was sailing in Indian Ocean.

"I left for Mumbai on March 4 and after reaching the company's office at Ocean House, Worli, I spoke with the captain of the ship.

"The captain informed me that Sandeep's cabin mate Abhishek told him that Sandeep was having a headache and didn't turn up (for duty).

"When Abhishek reached the cabin, he found Sandeep sleeping. Next day (on March 2), when he woke up he didn't find my brother," Bhupendra said.

The captain searched for Sandeep, but could not find him, he added.

"I tried to lodge a complaint with Worli police but in vain," he said, adding that the company has assured him of an inquiry.

"However, we need a CBI probe into my brother going missing," Bhupendra said.

He claimed that he dialled 'Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Helpline' and raised the issue but nothing happened.

Meanwhile, local MP Alok Sanjar called upon Sandeep's family this evening and assured them of organising a meeting with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to trace him.

"I am taking the family of Sandeep to Delhi and will take up the issue with External Affairs Ministry. I will provide all possible help to the troubled family," Sanjar said.