Month on,abducted trader traceless,family writes to CM

As per the family,the letter gives details of how and when Ujjal was abducted,the ransom calls the family has received and non-cooperation of state police.

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published:August 27, 2013 3:00 am

With West Bengal Police failing to trace businessman Ujjal Majumder,who was allegedly abducted in Assam a month ago,his family Monday knocked at the doors of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee stating their plight in a letter.

As per the family,the letter gives details of how and when Ujjal was abducted,the ransom calls the family has received and non-cooperation of state police.

As per the family,Ujjal had left for Assam on July 25 with one Joy Biswas,with whom he had got into an agreement to sell imported cosmetics through a multi-level marketing network in that state. “Ujjal confirmed reaching Assam on July 26. However,the next two days his phone remained switched off. On July 29,my daughter received a call from an Assam number in the evening. The caller said that Ujjal had been abducted and demanded a sum of Rs 1.5 crore failing which he would be killed,” said Kajal Majumder,Ujjal’s mother.

A family member,requesting not to be named,said the Majumders had since then been negotiating with the abductors and as of Sunday the demand was for Rs 15 lakh with Wednesday being the deadline after which Ujjal would be killed. “His family members have already sold several valuables and mustered up about Rs 1.5 lakh,” he said.

Another family member alleged that officers at Jadavpur police station refused to register a complaint and instead asked them to negotiate with the abductors,arrange for the money and get Ujjal released.

“We have been told (by the police) that the calls were traced to a place surrounded by thick forest for miles,” said Srikanta Banerjee,Ujjal’s paternal uncle and a retired Kolkata police employee.

Banerjee,who claimed to have met the joint commissioner of police (crime) Monday,said he has been told that a team had been sent to Assam to get Ujjal released.

A senior Kolkata police official blamed the Assam Police for not cooperating with them. “Assam Police has a history of non-cooperation. We are,however,trying our best to get Ujjal back,” he said.

When asked about the allegations of inaction,Santosh Pandey,DC (SSD),said,“I joined on July 25 and do not have any report about Jadavpur police station refusing to register the case or asking the family to arrange for the money. We are working on the case and hopefully will crack it within a couple of days.”

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