Karimnagar: Two teenaged sisters went missing from their house in Gopalpur, a hamlet of Vavilala in Jammikunta mandal on Monday evening, after their mother Swarnalatha warned them against getting hooked on to their mobile phone.
Sama Krishna Sri (15) and her sister Sama Vaishnavi (14), who are studying in Hyderabad, had come to Gopalpur following the closure of schools in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic and were staying with their mother and grandparents. While Krishna Sri is studying in Class X, Vaishnavi is in Class IX. Their father works at a club in Hyderabad.
Police said the two were using the mobile phone to participate in online classes but when they continued to use the mobile phone even after completion of the online classes, their mother admonished them. Upset by the mother’s warning, they left home in the afternoon and did not return till late in the evening. When Swarnalath contracted them over the phone at around 4 pm, they said they would return home by 7 pm but did not. Their mobile phone was also switched off at 7 pm.
The worried mother lodged a complaint with Jammikunta police, who registered a case and launched a search for the girls. Jammikunta CI Srujan Reddy offered a suitable reward to anyone who could give any information on the whereabouts of the girls.
Police who checked CCTV footages from different areas said the two sisters boarded an autorickshaw at Gumpula crossroads. The sisters boarded the autorickshaw at around 3 pm and travelled towards Jammikunta. However, there was uncertain whether the girls travelled till Jammikunta or got off en route.
Police pointed out that if they had boarded a bus to travel to Hyderabad where their father is, their movements would have been recorded in CCTV cameras at the Jammikunta bus stand. According to the mobile call data that was examined by the police, the girls spoke with their classmates from Mahabubnagar district before the mobile phone was switched off.