A Bengaluru-based software engineer is missing since December 18. The 29-year-old techie, Ajitabh Kumar, had left home to meet a prospective buyer on online marketplace Olx.
Kumar had left home at around 6.30 pm and was last seen active on WhatsApp at around 7.10 pm.
His phone is switched off since then. Kumar, who originally hails from Patna, was staying with his childhood friend Ravi in Whitefield since moving to Bengaluru in 2010.
"He had got through an executive MBA program at IIM Kolkata. He had to pay around Rs 5 lakh by December 20 and we guess that's why he had put up his car for sale, to fund his fee. When he left home he was in casual wear and didn't tell anyone where he was going," Ravi told NDTV.
Police are looking into the matter and analysing CCTV footage of the area and nearby toll booths.
"We have checked all CCTV footage from around the locality and toll booths across the city. Based on tower location, his phone was last traced to Gunjur near Varthur around 7.30 pm, an hour after he left home, and it was later switched off. We have also alerted the police in neighbouring states to trace the vehicle," a police officer told The New Indian Express.
According to police, it is extremely difficult to gather details of any communication that might have happened over WhatsApp or online.
"We are investigating all angles, we have sought data from the online classified portal (OLX) as well. We have obtained his call record details as well," said a police officer who is part of the investigation.
Ajitabh's friends and relatives have launched an online campaign to find him.