Nearly twenty days after a 20-year-old student of Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K)who hails from Badlapur went missing, his family and friends have now launched a campaign to gather support to speed up the investigation.Akshay Kamble, a third year student of Computer Science at IIT Kanpur has been missing since November 29 from the campus.On November 29, Akshay last called his family in Badlapur and said that he would take the Pushpak Express the very next day to return home for the vacation. When he did not turn up on November 30, the family tried reaching both his cell numbers but got no response. His father Bhimrao reached Kanpur the same day and found out that while he was not in campus, nobody knew about his whereabouts. He then registered a missing person’s report at the Kalyanpur police station and has been living at the campus since then.Twenty days after the complaint was registered, Akshay’s family and friends are now gathering all possible support to find him as the police are yet to find any major lead in the case. “The only contact that we had was on November 29. After that, a sweeper from his hostel answered one of his cell numbers and said that Akshay had given the phone to him. Although he never spoke directly, we feel that he was being discriminated and called names due to his diction and simple lifestyle in the institute as revealed by some of his friends,” said Aditya Kamble, Akshay’s younger brother.Mahendra Pandagale,an activist from Ulhasnagar who has been running a campaign to find Akshay said, “It is high time that the case of such a bright student missing all of a sudden becomes a priority issue for all politicians and the police. We will knock all doors until he is found.”Officials at the Kalyanpur police station refused to comment on the issue.
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