Pune: Search intensified for Delhi engineer lost in Lonavala forest

Pune Rural Police and other rescue agencies have stepped up the search for 24-year-old mechanical engineer from Delhi, Farhan Sirajuddin, who went missing during an arduous journey to Nagvani near Lonavala on May 20. The research parties have deployed drones for the survey. Officials said that dense forest areas.

Police officials said Farhan came to Kolhapur last week for work and then visited Pune.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Rajendra Patel said: “We now know that Farhan started his journey on the morning of 20 May. He climbed Nagphani, also known as Duke’s Nose, and was returning when he realized he had lost his way. His last contact with a friend in Delhi on the afternoon May 20, he said he had lost his way in the woods. He even asked his friend to start looking for him if he failed to find a way out within two hours. After this call his phone became unreachable.”

After Farhan’s family approached the police, the local police station, dog teams, expert rescue workers from Lonavala and villagers from Khubuli and Koruwandi began a search operation. Farhan’s family members also arrived in Pune and joined the search.

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“We’ve ramped up our search now,” Patel said. “We’ve covered a large perimeter around his last cell tower site. We’re using drones to survey large swaths of the woods. We’ve also spoken to some of the people and hikers who saw him on his way to Duke’s Nose. We’ll continue to work on all Clues available. People should contact Lonavala Police Station if they have any information about him.”

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