Mishel's family members met with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday and filed a complaint regarding the callous nature of the police.

 

They have also accused the police of character assassination by spreading wrong information about Mishel through the media.

 

Meanwhile, the Kochi assistant commissioner has filed a report to the city police commissioner, confirming laxity on the part of police, leading to a civil police officer being suspended.

Mishel’s parents revealed they had approached three police stations on the day she went missing but were eventually asked to come back the next day.

The parents had first gone to the Ernakulam North women police station, from where the house officers directed them to the Ernakulam North station. But the north police also refused to accept the missing petition, claiming it was outside their jurisdiction, and told them to approach the Central station.

 

At the Central station, the parents demanded to secure the cell-phone tower location details but the officer on duty asked them to come the next morning, despite DGP’s  clear directives that missing cases involving women and children need to be acted on faster.

 

It is understood that the officer had claimed to not know the password of the computer system to forward the complaint to the commissioner’s office and the cyber cell.

The parents insist that had the police found out the location of the cell-phone the same night, there was a chance that Mishel could have been saved.

Senior civil police officer Abdul Jaleel, of Ernakulum Central station, has been suspended for official negligence.

 

The city commissioner has also directed to initiate disciplinary action against Central sub-inspector S Vijay Sankar.