Hyderabad: As the reports of 540 people going missing across Telangana during the first 10 days of June created a stir, the state police has denied any unusual increase in the cases adding that 222 of the missing persons were traced and reunited with their families.

Swati Lakra, Inspector General of Police, women safety and ADG, CID in a statement said that the police had deployed all the resources to trace the remaining 318 persons.

According to the data released by the police, while 100 people had gone missing in Hyderabad, 49 of them were traced. The largest number of people — 116 — had gone missing in Cyberabad police commissionerate adjacent to Hyderabad, with 33 being traced and search was on for the others.

She was responding to reports in a section of media that while a large number of people had gone missing, the police and the state government had failed to take action.

Of those who had gone missing 276 were women and 55 girls. “About 85% of the missing persons were traced over a period of time during the year 2018,” she said.

Giving the reasons for high incidence of missing cases at this time of year she said the causes include announcement of examination results, love affairs, family disputes, financial reasons, lack of care of the aged parents by their children. “The police department has been promptly registering all cases of missing and investigation is taken up immediately. The missing cases are treated on par with the other criminal cases in terms of priority. All possible efforts have been made by the police with the help of the family members in tracking and tracing the missing persons,” she added.

All patrol vehicles, Blue Colts beat officers and investigating officers are provided with the photos of the missing persons using technology for a thorough search and tracking in all localities in the state. “In fact Facial Recognition System is being used extensively for identifying and tracing the missing persons”, she said assuring the people that the police would strive hard and trace all the missing persons.

“It is not correct to say that the police have been neglecting the investigation of missing cases,” she said.

Cyberabad Police CV Sajjanar has also urged the people not to worry as the police was at work and missing people were being traced in most of the cases within in 24 hours.