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‘I will stay here until I get him back’: Dad of missing Indian student desperate to assist Manchester police in search

By Pippa Field

The father of a missing Indian student who disappeared while out celebrating New Year’s Eve insists he will remain Manchester until he is reunited with his son.

Souvik Pal, 18, was last seen at Warehouse Project eight days ago, leading to police launching an investigation to locate the Manchester Metropolitan University student.

Speaking following his arrival from India to help the search, father Santanu Pal revealed he was desperate to find his son and end the suffering for his family.

“I am proud of my son and I will stay here until I get him back,” he said.

“This has been a very difficult time for our family back in India, including Souvik’s younger brother, who views him as a role model.”

Last seen around 11pm, it is believed Souvik was ejected from the music venue shortly after 1.30am but after not returning home, his flatmates alerted officers at 5.30am.

Since then Greater Manchester Police have attempted to retrace the student’s last movements, with Mr Pal appealing for as much help as possible in the search.

“I am grateful of the efforts Greater Manchester Police and Manchester Metropolitan University have made since my son’s disappearance and the support they have given to me,” he added.

“I would like to directly appeal to anyone who has any clues that can help the police search for Souvik, to call the police.”

Product design student Souvik is Asian, 5ft 7in tall, of slim build and speaks with an Indian accent.

On the night of his disappearance, he was wearing a pale denim long sleeve shirt with a collar, grey chino trousers and navy blue leather boots.

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4223 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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