My son a lovelorn wanderer, not spy: Father of Hyderabad man caught in Pakistan
Prashanth was caught along with a man from Madhya Pradesh, by Pakistani police from Cholistan Desert, adjoining Rajasthan’s Thar Desert. He finished his computer engineering from Visakhapatnam in 2010 and then worked for Chinese MNC, Huawei Techno...
After learning that Prashanth, 30, was in Pakistan police custody, the family is now hoping that they will soon get to meet him with help from ministry of external affairs.
Prashanth was caught along with a man from Madhya Pradesh, by Pakistani police from Cholistan Desert, adjoining Rajasthan’s Thar Desert. He finished his computer engineering from Visakhapatnam in 2010 and then worked for Chinese MNC, Huawei Technologies India, in Bengaluru.
He then joined another software firm, Shore Info Tech in Hyderabad in 2016. As part of work, he visited Hong Kong and Ivory Coast. When he went missing in 2017, Prashanth was working with Shore Info Tech in Madhapur.
Prashanth’s father Babu Rao Vaindam, said: “My son left for office on April 11, 2017 at 9am, and never returned.” Based on a complaint lodged by Babu Rao, Madhapur police registered a missing case on April 29, 2017.
“After Prashanth went missing, we have not heard from him. We contacted his friends, colleagues and relatives. We have been in contact with the police, but they did not have any information about his whereabouts. After a gap of over 31 months, yesterday, we saw on TV channels that he was caught in Pakistan. We also saw the video of him talking in Telugu saying that he was arrested in Pakistan. Now, we know he is alive in Pakistan. We will contact the police and ministry of external affairs to get our son back,” Babu Rao said.
Police said they tried their best to trace Prashanth, but in vain. “He turned his cellphone off and deactivated all social media accounts before disappearing. He has not contacted anyone since. So, our team could locate him despite looking at his phone call details,” Cyberabad commission, VC Sajjanar, said.
While some news reports in Pakistani media, quoting local law enforcement agencies, described Prashanth as an Indian spy, his family members called those reports baseless. “My son is a soft-natured gentleman,” Rao said. “He is not a spy, and he was not involved in any illegal activities. I do not know exactly how he ended up in Pakistan. I have seen in news reports that he was in love with some girl in Switzerland, and went looking for her. He had mentioned to us about a woman colleague whom he liked.”
Prashanth’s family includes his parents, elder brother Srikanth, who is married with two children.