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3 girls go missing from Nepal, Delhi police help sought

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NEW DELHI, DEC. 4. The family members of three minor girls, who had gone missing from Nepal on November 20, have approached the Delhi police seeking their help in locating them. The family has also announced a cash reward of Rs. 1 lakh to anybody providing information leading to the recovery of the girls.

The uncle of the missing girls, Lal Bahadur Ghale, had contacted a non-government organisation, STOP, and then through the Nepal Embassy contacted the Delhi police. A missing complaint has been lodged at Parliament Street police station.

Recounting the entire sequence of events, Mr. Ghale, employed in a private firm in Zimbabwe, said he happened to be on holiday in his hometown of Chhatrapur in Chitwan district of Nepal, about 120 km from Kathmandu.

According to Mr. Ghale, the three girls, Pramila Gurung (17), Tishu Gurung (18) and Sarita Gurung (15), had gone to school on November 20 and were not seen thereafter. "It was a Saturday and we expected them to return by afternoon. But, a curfew was announced in the area around mid-day following some violence and we thought that they might have been stuck at some place. We waited for them to return by evening but they did not. The curfew was clamped for the next two days and we could begin the search only on November 23. But, we could not find them," said Mr. Ghale. The school was barely a 10-minute walk from their home.

While the family could not gather much information about the girls from their school, they did get a hint that the girls might have been lured into some trap. "We gathered from their schoolmates that somebody had promised to make them actresses. The students, however, had not seen the person," recalled Mr. Ghale. This led the family to suspect that the girls may have been taken to India by some agents and they contacted STOP.

The family has also announced a reward of Rs. 1 lakh in Indian currency for anybody providing information which would lead them to the girls. For their part, the Delhi police have initiated the exercise to send the "hue and cry" notices to trace the missing girls.

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