Nikhil Reddy, a techie working out Hyderabad, who was registered as missing from home since Monday, was traced to a city hospital undergoing a “secret surgery” that was supposed to make him taller by two inches.
In a bizarre turn of events, parents of 23-year old Nikhil Reddy, initially lodged a missing complaint with the Petbasheerabad police and later traced him to Global Hospitals at Lakdikapul based on his mobile phone call data.
Nikhil, after qualigying as a B.tech graduate, started working as a software engineer at a firm in Banjara Hills. It was in this period that he was known to have always been depressed about his five feet-seven inches height and wanted to gain a few more inches. He then secretly consulted doctors at Global Hospital who reportedly assured him that height of a person can be surgically increased.
The medical team then explained Nikhil that the entire procedure would cost Rs 7 lakh, he agreed readily and paid Rs 3 lakh as advance and got admitted to the hospital for surgery on Tuesday morning, police said.
“When the hospital staff asked for the signatures of his family members, Nikhil lied to them saying that his parents were in Bangalore and convinced the staff to take his old classmate’s signature on the forms,” Central Zone DCP V B Kamalasan Reddy said.
A worried father, S Goverdhan Reddy, lodged a complaint with the Petbasheerabad police, but since Nikhil blocked all calls to his phone, police found that he was surfing the internet on his phone. Police then tracked the IP address location and reached the hospital.
“The hospital authorities told police that Nikhil was undergoing a surgery. His parents then lodged a complaint with us alleging that the hospital cheated Nikhil and violated rules by not informing them about the surgery,” the DCP said.