Chandigarh: The CBI has accused governments of Punjab and Haryana for not complying with the Supreme Court’s order in connection with the missing person’s cases.

The CBI in the High Court on Monday said that the respective governments have not started pursuing missing person’s cases as directed by the Apex Court. Reacting on the CBI’s allegations the High Court has directed the state governments to submit a status report on the investigation done so far on the orders of the higher authorities.

Filing an affidavit in the High Court, the CBI said, “The governments should form a special cell to investigate the missing peoples’ cases.”

According to the CBI, the investigation in the missing person’s cases are internal matters of a state and therefore, not taken up by the CBI.

The CBI also informed the court that investigation agency’s crime branch has formed a Crime Intelligence Cell (CIC) which maintains a record of the people or gangs allegedly involved in human trafficking.

According to the affidavit filed by the state government in this matter, the number of missing persons was 2642 in the year 2011, out of which 1,589 persons are still reported missing. Likewise, 483 children were reported to be missing in Punjab out of which 237 are still traceless. Since January 31, 26 persons have been reported to be missing in Punjab.

The Lawyers for human rights international had filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the High Court on this issue and sought that the police should form special cells to investigate the missing person’s cases in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh.