Noida couple offer Rs 1 lakh reward to find Cheeku their missing cat | Noida News

Noida couple offer Rs 1 lakh reward to find Cheeku their missing cat | Noida News

NOIDA: If belling the cat is a task, how about finding it too? There’s a handsome reward for it.
He answers to the name Cheeku, a Persian cat with a ginger coat and a dash of white on the neck. A household member of the Kumars, who haven’t seen him since December 24. The couple has pulled out all stops to find it, which includes a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh for anyone who brings Cheeku home.
For Ajay Kumar and his wife, who live at Harmony Apartments in Sector 62, these 16 days without Cheeku have been difficult. All of 18 months, Cheeku had been purring around the house as usual on December 24. And then, mysteriously, he vanished.
Cheeku has been with the Kumars since he was three months old. “He was a gift from my brother-in-law. We named him and he slowly became a part of our life. He would run around the flat and snuggle up to us when it was cold,” said Ajay, who owns a pharmacy in Delhi.
For the first couple of hours on December 24, Ajay and Deepa thought Cheeku had hidden himself under the bed or in a corner of the house, like he sometimes did. But when he was nowhere to be found, Ajay went around the society to look for the cat.
Cheeku was finally spotted on CCTV footage, slipping out of the Kumars’ second-floor balcony and walking towards the parking area, where he disappeared from view.
Since then, the couple have enquired with their neighbours, visitors and even salespersons visiting the condominium. They also filed a complaint at the Sector 58 police outpost last week.
When nothing helped, Ajay went around his sector on Sunday, pasting posters with Chiku’s photos and the promise of a Rs 1 lakh reward on walls, poles and street corners.
“He was more attached to my wife. We had become so used to Cheeku being around us that this absence is difficult to cope with. We hope he will walk into our flat some day, just like he did a year and a half ago,” Ajay told TOI.
While he remains hopeful, he fears the worst. “I believe he has been taken away by someone who knows the price of a Persian cat. My hope of getting him back is slowly withering away. There are so many vendors in the area. Anyone could have sold him for a good price. That is why I decided on such a high amount as the reward. It’s a last-ditch attempt to get Cheeku back,” he added.
Persian cats are usually gentle and friendly. Costing anything between Rs 10,000 and Rs 50,000 in the Indian market, they are known to prefer quiet environments and can easily adapt to homes.
RK Upreti, the RWA president, said Ajay had come seeking permission to paste posters and distribute pamphlets around the sector.
“The cat was very dear to them. I helped him reach out to other societies and sectors. But more than two weeks have passed since the cat was reported missing,” he added.

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