What is the source of import ?
Are those images already present in Lightroom Catalog?
Click on New Photos in the Import window and then, check.
Also, share a screenshot of your Import window settings.
Would suggest you to switch to Copy while importing and expand Destination panel for once.
You can switch back to the normal settings if the images appear in the Import window.
yes this works now. but can you explain what is/was wrong?
thanks for the quick turnaround
Good to know that it worked!
Lightroom was unable to read the proper location for the images to be imported and expanding the destination panel allows Lightroom to read it and thus, display the images.