East Godavari: A 20-year-old student of Aditya Degree College went missing minutes after she alerted her friend about the suspicious auto-rickshaw driver in the East Godavari district. On Monday evening, a tweet was posted by her friend Rahul Tumula and it went viral. On receiving information, East Godavari police formed a team to trace the girl.
According to the student's friends, they had to collect hall tickets for their examinations. They were asked to report to college at 2 pm. On March 28, the girl boarded an auto from Pithapuram to Kakinada. After she reached Chitrada bridge, her phone suddenly switched off. "She called me at around 1.40 and immediately disconnected the call as there was no proper signal. She then texted saying she might reach at 2.15 pm. She also said the auto driver seems suspicious. A few minutes later, her phone switched off", said Vasavi, the girl's classmate.
Hello sir @APPOLICE100 @dgpapofficial @CybercrimeCID Please helpout. TAVVA HARIKA age 20years, female has been missing from today afternoon (2:10)pm approximately and her phone has been switched off after a while she took auto in #pithapuram.— RAHUL TUMULA (@RahulRo81943782) March 28, 2022
Hello sir @APPOLICE100 @dgpapofficial @CybercrimeCID Please helpout. TAVVA HARIKA age 20years, female has been missing from today afternoon (2:10)pm approximately and her phone has been switched off after a while she took auto in #pithapuram.
Her classmates immediately informed the college management. A complaint was also filed with the Pithapuram police station. "As her parents were away at Vijayawada, she was staying at her uncle's house. We immediately informed her parents and Disha police for immediate help. We also posted on social media to locate her", said Pradeep, a student from the same college.
Superintendent of Police, East Godavari, M Ravindranath Babu, formed a special team to trace the missing girl. "We are checking CCTV footage and searching isolated areas. Teams are trying to trace the location of her mobile through her mail id or IMEI (international mobile equipment identity) number", said Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kakinada Bheema Rao.
As per the preliminary investigation, the East Godavari police found in the CCTV footage that the woman had gotten down from the auto and had walked alone near the Kakinada complex area. Though she left a message to her friends saying that the auto driver seemed suspicious, the police are investigating the case from another angle. Police, during the investigation, found that the woman left some of the WhatsApp groups, a few hours before she went missing.