Belmopan police are investigating the mysterious disappearance of three students from the University of India who came to Belize purportedly to undertake a one-week training course at the Belize Archives and Records Service in Belmopan.
Amandeep Singh Brar, Parminder Singh and Gurmukh Singh arrived in Belize on Sunday, October 21. Herman Byrd, the director of Belize Archives and Record Service, told Police he picked them up at the Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport around 3:45 Sunday afternoon.
The three students checked into the Bullfrog Hotel in Belmopan and showed up at the Archives Department at 9:30 on Tuesday morning, October 23. At 4:30pm, Lizet Thompson of the Archives Department accompanied them back to their hotel.
When Byrd arrived to pick them up at the hotel at 8:30 the next morning, they were no longer at the hotel. The receptionist told him she did not see them leave or arrive. When Byrd got the receptionist’s permission to enter the students’ room, he found only their three suitcases but there was no sign of the students.
Police Press Officer Raphael Martinez declined to speculate as to what may have happened to the students, but other cynics speculate that the Indians may have come only to use Belize as a stepping-stone to make their way to the United States, via Mexico.
Readers may recall the arrival of a film crew of 20 Sri Lankans earlier this year purportedly to scout locations to shoot a movie in Belize.
They got past Immigration after they were able to convince Belize’s Film Commissioner that they had come to Belize to make a movie. They too disappeared into this air.