Manjinder Singh Sirsa of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has raised an alarm regarding the disappearance of Indian student GS Bhatia, enrolled at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom. Bhatia has been missing since December 15, with the last sighting in Canary Wharf, East London.
Sirsa has appealed for urgent action, bringing the matter to the attention of External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. He has urged both Loughborough University and the Indian High Commission in London to collaborate in the search efforts for Bhatia.
“GS Bhatia, a student of Loughborough University, has been missing since Dec 15. Last seen in Canary Wharf, East London. Bringing to the kind attention of @DrSJaishankar Ji We urge @lborouniversity & @HCI_London to join efforts in locating him. Your assistance is crucial. Please share and spread the word,” Sirsa posted on X (formerly Twitter).
Accompanying his plea, Sirsa shared images of Bhatia’s residence permit and college identification card on social media, seeking the public’s assistance in locating the missing student. Additionally, he provided contact numbers for individuals to report any information about Bhatia’s whereabouts.
This distressing development follows the recent tragic incident involving another Indian student, Mitkumar Patel, who went missing in the UK and was later found deceased in the river Thames near Canary Wharf. Patel’s untimely demise, discovered by the Metropolitan Police in November, highlighted concerns about the safety of Indian students studying abroad.
The Metropolitan Police clarified that Patel’s death was not deemed suspicious, but the circumstances surrounding his disappearance and subsequent tragedy underscore the importance of prompt action and enhanced safety measures for international students in the UK.
Efforts are underway to locate GS Bhatia, emphasizing the critical need for collective support and swift action to ensure his safe return, drawing attention to the welfare and security of Indian students pursuing education overseas.