Bhubaneswar: Odisha Police DG KB Singh on Tuesday clarified that Odisha Police has not been asked for any information by the Mumbai Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) regarding disappearance of 27 Indian pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. He also clarified that the passports to the pilgrims were issued from Kolkata, not from Bhubaneswar.
Reacting to the media information’s information, Khurania said that the passports were issued from Kolkata. Regarding the issuance of passport from Bhubaneswar, he said that the information is not authentic and whenever any information would be provided, they will inquire into it. But so far they have not received any official communication.
Earlier Odisha CID, Crime Branch and Intelligence Wing had sought information from the regional passport office in Bhubaneswar after receiving information from the Mumbai ATS.
It may be noted here that the Mumbai ATS launched an inquiry after a Mumbai-based travel agent informed the Mumbai police about the disappearance of 27 West Bengal’s Murshidabad-based pilgrims in Saudi Arabia’s Jeddah.
As per the agent, the pilgrims didn’t even reach their hotel. When they didn’t return on the scheduled date, the agent informed the cops. Interestingly, their passports were allegedly issued from Regional Passport Office Bhubaneswar.