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Germany: Indian student missing in Hamburg

Manjunath Siddanna Churi was pursuing his Master of Software (MS) in Germany almost two years ago. Image credit: Bangalore Mirror Photograph: (Twitter)

WION Web Team Bagalkot, Karnataka, India Jun 23, 2017, 10.34 AM (IST)

A 28-year-old Indian student, who is pursuing higher studies in Germany, has been missing since the last three days, media reports quoted his family as saying.

The student, Manjunath Siddanna Churi, is an engineering graduate from Bagalkot and went to Germany's Hamburg University to pursue Master of Software (MS) almost two years ago. 

He was to return to India this September, his family said.

Manjunath's friend Anish Deshpande informed authorities about his disappearance who in turn passed the message to the local police and the Indian embassy. Anish then lodged a missing complaint with the local police.

German police said they found a letter from his room, but they couldn't read it since it was written in another language.

Manjunath's father-in-law Mallikarjun Domanal, a retired  assistant sub inspector of the police says that he would call up his mother and speak to her twice a day over the phone from Germany. He said that the family had not heard from him since Sunday afternoon.

He disclosed that Manjunath's mother received a call from the Hamburg Indian embassy at around 10 pm on Monday night to inform her about her son’s disappearance. 

Manjunath's father died in a road accident in 2016 and he is survived by his mother and two sisters.

The distraught family is now trying to contact external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.

Bagalkot superintendent of police CB Rishyant said he had spoken to the embassy in Germany and are in touch with their German counterparts.

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