Five members of an Indian handball team are still missing somewhere in Denmark, and police say that they will not do much to find them.
The five young men remain unaccounted for after six of their teammates were found in the Copenhagen area over the weekend.
Police in both northern Jutland, where the boys originally disappeared on Saturday, and in Copenhagen, where six of them were found on Sunday, say that they are doing little to track down the remaining players.
“We’re not doing all that much to find them. After all, they are not here illegally yet,” North Jutland Police spokesman Poul Badsberg told Politiken. He referred any further questions to Copenhagen Police, which in turn said that the missing boys were a matter for the North Jutland Police.
The entire team of 11 young Indian men aged 13-20 ran off from an international handball tournament in Dronninglund on Saturday.
Four of the players were discovered on Sunday near a Sikh centre in Vanløse, while two more were found early on Monday at Copenhagen Central Station.
The players have told police that they left to avoid the wrath of their coaching staff.
“The Indians explained that they take a beating from their coaches when they lose handball games. That’s why they ran off,” police spokesman Henrik Beck told Ritzau. “They did not want to return to India with their coaches.”
According to Politiken, the Indian Embassy planned to send the six found players back to India on either Tuesday or Wednesday without waiting for the remaining five.
The Indian players have valid visas to be in Denmark through Wednesday, after which time the remaining five teens will be considered to be in the country illegally.
Badsberg said that their illegal status would make it easier for police to react.
“If they are found after they are in the country illegally, then it will be the police district in which they were found that will handle the case. And that would be Copenhagen Police, if they are found over there,” the North Jutland Police spokesman said.