IIT Madras student Lakshmi Pratyusha Vedantam hailing from Guntur went missing on Sunday. Her parents were saddened over her decision of going to the Himalayas. The parents on Wednesday got a call from their daughter that she would be leaving for the Himalayas. Her father Bhaskar Vedantam is working in the BSNL and is also a famous homeo doctor residing at Brodipeta in Guntur.
Mr Bhaskar said their family went into a shock with the decision of Pratyusha and they are praying to God for her safe return and her well-being. Pratyusha completed her B. Tech in RVR and JC College of Engineering at Guntur and later joined the IIT Madras for MS engineering in designing. She was found missing from January 17 from her hostel in IIT Chennai.
According to Pratyusha’s Facebook account, she was very much interested in religion and displayed Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Mahabharata and Chanakya’s Chant as her favourite books. The teaching staff of RVR and JC College of Engineering recalled that Pratyusha was a tradition-bound girl and was brilliant in studies.
Mr Bhaskar said that they went to IIT Madras and enquired with her classmates and friends, but in vain. He added that they used to call her every night but for the past three days, Pratyusha’s mobile was switched off. Hence, they went to IIT Madras and lodged a complaint with the police.
Mr Bhaskar recalled that Pratyusha is a very bold girl and she used to inform everything to them. He said that she is a talented student. He said that Pratyusha is very much attached to Hindu religion. Mr Bhaskar said that they got a phone call from Pratyusha on Wednesday, and asked her to return back and informed the same to IIT Madras and were waiting for the return of their daughter.