CRIME WATCH: Kidnap whiff in missing trader

CRIME WATCH: Kidnap whiff in missing trader – Siliguri Corridor under threat and steadily getting worse, morality lost forever ?!!

FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT

Siliguri, July 28: A 29-year-old businessman of Jalpaiguri town went missing from Cooch Behar on Monday, sparking a speculation that he was abducted by militants.

However, Vikash Agarwal’s family said they had not received any ransom call yet.

A resident of Dinbazar, Vikash who deals in cotton had left home around 11am on July 26 for Cooch Behar to collect money from some traders. “Around 7.30pm, he called me and said he was on way to take the Delhi-bound Brahmaputra Mail and would reach Jalpaiguri Road station at night,” said Mahesh, his father, who runs a garments shop. The youth asked his father to pick him up at the station as the train would reach past midnight.

However, Mahesh could not find his son at the station when the train arrived around 2am. “I rang up his cellphone but it was out of reach,” the father said.

Yesterday morning, the family tried to contact Vikash again on his cellphone, but the phone was switched off. “We then filed a missing diary at Kotwali police station,” Mahesh said.

GRP Jalpaiguri Road and New Cooch Behar stations have not received any information on unnatural deaths or found bodies on the tracks since Vikash called up his father.

The incident has sparked a speculation of abduction among the businessmen, particularly after the resurgence of the KLO. “Over the past few months, the militant outfit, which was infamous for kidnapping traders for money in the early years of the decade, has turned active again. Last month a foiled attempt was made by the outfit to abduct a tractor dealer in Malda district,” a member of the Jalpaiguri District Merchants’ Association said.

But the Agarwals said they had not received any ransom call from anybody. “Nothing has come to us till now,” Mahesh said.

District police chief Anand Kumar said they did not have any information on abduction. “The family also has not intimated us about anything of that sort, like a phone call for ransom, to us. An investigation is on.”

Husband arrest – the poor woman, family thus destroyed, severest punishment an example ?!!

OUR CORRESPONDENT

Alipurduar, July 28: The husband and father-in-law of a woman, who died about two weeks ago, were arrested yesterday after the deceased’s family lodged a complaint against them.

The duo were produced in the court of the additional chief judicial magistrate here today and were remanded in jail custody for 14 days.

According to police, Nitu Debi, 25, had married Rambali Sha, a resident of Rangamati Hatkhola near Kalchini on May 31, 2009.

On July 11, Rambali, a trader, informed the police that his wife died of electrocution from short circuit.

However, later he told the police that she had committed suicide by setting herself on fire.

Since no complaint was filled, the police had started a case of unnatural death and a post-mortem was conducted at the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri.

On July 26, the deceased’s father, Magindar Sha, lodged a complaint with the Kalchini police alleging that Rambali and his family members used to torture Nitu for money.

He also accused them of murdering her.

Magindar is a resident of Karhan in Bihar.

Rambali and his father Ram Ekbal Sha have been booked under Sections 498 (torture on wife) and section 302 (murder) of the IPC.

David Lepcha, the subdivisional police officer of Alipurduar, said: “After receiving the complaint from the deceased’s father, we have arrested the husband and the father-in- law of the lady.”

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