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Vishal Mehrotra Biography
Who is Vishal Mehrotra?
Vishal Mehrotra disappeared from West London in July 1981 and his remains were found in Rogate, West Sussex, seven months later.
Four decades later, it emerged that Vishal’s case was only reviewed by Sussex police once.
The force said it “firmly refutes” the accusations of institutional racism.
Vishambar Mehrotra, Vishal’s father and a retired magistrate, said he has been “begging” the police to review the case of his son’s death.
He added: “I have no doubt that there is racism here, otherwise why would they always try to hide it under the rug?”
How old is Vishal Mehrotra?
He is 8 year old.
Referring to Madeline McCann, who disappeared in 2007 at the age of three, he said: “When it comes to white children … they will fly to Portugal, Germany, everywhere, and the years have passed, and they are still going to investigate and continue looking, and money doesn’t seem to be a problem.
“But for my son, I don’t see that they have done anything constructive by way of research.”
Sussex police claimed they reviewed the case in 2005, but an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), now the Independent Office of Police Conduct, said no formal procedure was carried out.
However, the force did carry out a review 10 years later titled “Operation Moor,” which was published in 2017.
Mehrotra said a four-decade review was “absolutely embarrassing.”
Vishal disappeared on the day of the Royal Wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer, July 29, 1981. He and his family had been in central London watching the parade and were on their way to Putney when he disappeared.
Last year, the BBC revealed new information about the case, including a child molester found with a document in his possession titled ‘Vishal’.
In support of his London constituent, in December 2020 MP Dominic Raab wrote to Sussex Police to establish whether they were investigating the leads.
The force insisted that he had “completed thorough and carefully considered investigations”, but the information did not provide “viable or credible lines of investigation.”
Vishal Mehrotra’s partial remains were found in a forest on a farm near the Hampshire border.
The IPCC found that the force did not even consider the case for review until it launched its investigation in 2015.
This goes against Sussex Police’s own policy and national guidance that unsolved cases should be considered for review every two years.
A spokesperson for the force said: “We strongly reject any suggestion that our investigations over the past 40 years have been hampered or influenced in any way by ‘institutional racism’.
“The 1982 investigation reports … make very clear the thorough and thoughtful nature of the painstaking and painstaking work that officers and staff have carried out.”