Indian-origin boy missing in Scotland
Indian-Origin Boy Missing in Scotland. A three-year-old Indian-origin boy has mysteriously disappeared from his home in Edinburgh, Scotland,...
LONDON: A three-year-old Indian-origin boy has mysteriously disappeared from his home in Edinburgh, Scotland, prompting police to issue a nationwide alert and search operations by hundreds of volunteers.
Mikaeel Kular, described as a slim 2-feet-tall boy of Asian appearance, has not been seen since his mother Rosdeep Kular put him to bed at his home in Ferry Gait Crescent, Edinburgh on Wednesday night.
A major ground, air and sea search was launched to find any signs of him after Police Scotland issued a nationwide alert last night.
A police helicopter, sniffer dogs, coastguard and lifeboat teams have been involved in the ongoing search and officers said they are now deeply concerned for Mikaeel's safety in the cold and wet weather conditions.
Some members of the public reported a "potential sighting" of the boy in the West Pilton Gardens area of Edinburgh but the identity of the child seen by witnesses is currently unknown, Police Scotland said.
CCTV from the scene was examined but turned up "nothing significant", police had said earlier.
Superintendent Liz McAinsh of Police Scotland, who is leading the search, said that all "key" members of the family, including Mikaeel's Pakistani-born father, had been spoken to, and that no arrests had been made.
Speaking at a press conference, McAinsh said there was "no evidence of any criminality at this point" and it was still a missing person inquiry.
She said there were "many, many lines of inquiry" and that all lines were being pursued.
McAinsh appealed for anyone who saw the child to contact police urgently.
Police have activated the Child Rescue Alert system, which is usually reserved for abduction and kidnap cases and supported by all police forces across the UK.
Mikaeel, who has two sisters and two brothers, usually sleeps in the same room as his twin sister but was alone on Wednesday night.
His coat and shoes were missing and police believe he could have made his own way out of the building, despite claims from some residents that he would not be strong enough to open the main door to the building.
Rosdeep is said to be "very distraught" and is being supported by her family and friends. She is separated from Mikaeel's father, who lives nearby.
Responding to a police plea for help, hundreds of people turned up at the North Neighbourhood Centre in West Pilton Gardens to assist with efforts to find the boy.
Local residents who have already searched their gardens, sheds and bin storage areas have been asked to search them once again.