An employee of Durgapur Projects Limited (DPL),who was allegedly abducted near the SBSTC garage crossing on Sunday,was abandoned near Burdwan town the same day after the police swung into action. No one has been arrested in the case so far.
Additional Superintendent of Police,Durgapur, Utpal Naskar said: A family dispute appears to be the reason behind the abduction of Sunil Ghosh,who was forced into a Sumo at gunpoint while he was on his way home around 2.10 pm. We are investigating the case.
According to local shopkeepers who witnessed the kidnapping,the abductors entered the city from the NH-2 side in three white Tata Sumo jeeps.
They were speaking in Bengali and were aged about 30, an eyewitness said.
The police immediately sealed the Asansol-Jharkhand border,with victims of a few kidnappings cases reportedly being taken to Jharkhand.
Ghosh,according to the police,was abandoned by the kidnappers after a search operation was launched on the NH-2.
According to sources,the victims wife Chaya Ghosh told the police that there was a disagreement between her husband and some of his relatives over the shares of a rice mill in Burdwan.
During initial investigation soon after the kidnapping,the police had identified two persons as suspects. But before they could be interrogated,the DPL employee was found near Burdwan.
The police are,meanwhile,still in the dark on the whereabouts of Santanu Mukherjee,a trader from Durgapur,who was kidnapped on December 30 last year. Earlier,Mukherjees family had received a call demanding Rs 1.5 crore for his release. The call was later traced to a public booth inside Patna Jail.