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Police clueless about missing officer and NGO worker

Kolkata Bureau

Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee assures families of bringing them back


No communication received from the Maoists yet

Exact location from where they went missing

not known


  Kolkata: Fourty-eight hours after a State Intelligence Branch officer and a non-government organisation worker went missing from the Maoist-dominated Ghatbera area of West Bengal's Purulia district, the State police remained clueless about their whereabouts on Monday. The police is in touch with their counterparts in Jharkhand.

Meanwhile, the families of the two men met Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee at the secretariat seeking help in securing their return.

While the police suspected the Maoists of having abducted the two,, the rebels have not claimed responsibility.State police officer Partha Biswas, believed to be attached to the intelligence branch, and his friend Soumyajit Bose went missing from near Baragara village in Balrampur sub-division late on Friday. State Chief Secretary Samar Ghosh had said on Saturday that the duo had gone there to distribute clothes, but the reason for their visit remains unclear.

State Transport Minister Ranjit Kundu, who accompanied the families during their meeting with Mr. Bhattacharjee, told reporters that the Chief Minister has said that he was personally monitoring the situation and all efforts would be made to bring them back. Mr. Kundu is a representative from Mr. Biswas' locality.

Additional Director General of Police S.K. Purakayastha told reporters that although a Maoists hand is being suspected, there has been no communication from them yet.

“We are taking all steps as per our set processes although we have received no information regarding Mr. Biswas, an inspector of the 30 {+t} {+h} battalion of the State Armed Police.”

He said that he had no information on whether the families had received any communication from the Maoists.

“There has not been any breakthrough in the case till now. Searches are being conducted by security forces, but they have been futile so far,” Zulfikar Hasan, the State's Inspector General (Western Range), told TheHindu.

Incidentally, when Sankrail police station's officer-in-charge Atindranath Dutta was abducted by the Maoists on October 20 last year, they started communicating and negotiating immediately.

This time, their silence has baffled the police, who are unsure of even the exact place from where the duo went missing.

Mr. Bose's last phone call has been traced to a local mobile tower in Baragara village.

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