THE family of a missing Huddersfield student fear he could have been brainwashed by extremist groups.
Ravin Ghoorun, 18, has been missing for nine days after completing his A-level exams – and his father admits: “I fear he has fallen in with people who have indoctrinated him.”
Ravin, of Edgerton, left only an obscure text message to his family when he vanished on June 25 and since then, has failed to answer any phone calls or text messages.
Muslim literature was found in the bedroom of his home and handed to West Yorkshire Police, and officers visited the house in Sunnyside to speak to his family.
Ravin and his family, who originally come from Mauritius, are Hindus but his father Sharma says religion had never been an issue.
Dr Ghoorun, who works at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, said: “Ravin is not the type to disappear nor to leave a message like that on my phone.
“I am worried he has fallen in with a group of people who are telling him what to do.
“We found Muslim literature in his room, which we had known nothing about, and when we told police, officers came to the house.
“He did take a suitcase, clothing and his UK passport and the police tell us that he may have left the country, perhaps bound for Pakistan.
“But we are a very close, social family and I know Ravin would not want us to worry like this.
“My fear is that a group of people have taken advantage of my son. He is a bright lad who wanted a career in medicine or the law, and I fear they will use him in a negative way.
“I am very worried we and society will lose him.”
Ravin moved to study at Huddersfield New College 12 months ago, after a time at Crossley Heath School in Halifax.
Last month he completed A-levels in chemistry, physics and double maths.
He had gained 11 A grades and four A plus results in his O-levels and was predicted to have a bright future at university.
In his final message to his family, he said he wanted to get away and relax after his exams and had landed a job in catering.
Ravin lives with his father, mother Sandy and brothers Neel, 17, and Mukund, 10.
The family had been planning a holiday in Mauritius this summer.
Police investigating his disappearance said details had been circulated across the UK. They urged anyone with any information to get in touch on 01484 436666 or 0845 6060606.