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MP to meet parents of missing student

Keith Vaz MP, who chairs the Home Affairs Select Committee, is to meet the parents of a student who went missing after a night out in Manchester.

Indian student Souvik Pal was last seen leaving a New Year's Eve party in the city.

He was studying product design at Manchester Metropolitan University. The night he disappeared he had been to a party at the Warehouse Project on Trafford Wharf Road.

His family will meet Mr Vaz and Manchester MP Lucy Powell at the Town Hall on Thursday.

It is now 17 days since Souvik’s disappearance and I am very concerned for his welfare. I have been contacted by his father Santanu Pal who is understandably extremely distressed.

It is important that the police continue to focus their efforts on locating Souvik, but the public also has an important role.

I have also spoken to Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Lloyd. Everyone seems to be working very hard but we must all try harder to locate Souvik.

If anybody thinks they have any information regarding his disappearance they should immediately contact Greater Manchester Police.

– Keith Vaz MP