A 26-year-old scientist working at the Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) in Yelwal in Mysuru, has been missing for the past four days, his family members, who have lodged a complaint, have said. According to his family, the scientist, identified as Abhishek Reddy Gulla, went out on his two-wheeler on the afternoon of October 6, and has not returned to his room since then.
A native of Madanapalle in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh, Abhishek Reddy Gulla had joined the BARC in Mysuru about a year ago, his family members said. The Administrative Officer-3 of BARC, Mysuru, TK Bose had lodged a complaint with Yelwal police on Thursday, based on which a case of missing person was registered, police said.
In his complaint, Bose said Gulla, who was working as Scientific Officer at BARC, has been absent from duty since September 17. The police have said that the scientist may have been living with depression for some time now. On October 5, the office contacted Gulla over the phone, and he had told his superiors that he would be joining office on October 6. However, he did not turn up, Bose said.
Bose’s complaint to the police also notes that later, the scientific officer's neighbour, who is also an employee of BARC, said his house was found unlocked and his two-wheeler also was not seen. Bose has requested the police to trace him.
Alarmed by the sudden disappearance, the scientific officer's friends started a social media campaign on Saturday to find him. Yelwal Inspector NH Yogananda told IANS that Reddy had been staying alone after his parents' death a couple of months ago.
The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) is India's premier nuclear research facility headquartered in Mumbai. One wing of the centre - Rare Materials Project - is located in Yelwal, Mysuru.