Four days after the alleged kidnapping of a doctor of Patan Medical College (PMC), the state police Monday roped in Gujarat Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) and Ahmedabad Detection of Crime Branch (DCB) to find his whereabouts. The motive behind abduction of the doctor is still not clear as none of his family members received any ransom call.
On Friday, doctor Rajesh Mehta, 56, left the college, run by Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society, to deliver a lecture at Deesa. On his way, about 4 to 5 persons stopped Mehta near Aseda village in Banaskantha, dragged him out of his car and taken him into the car belonging to the abductors. Mehta heads Department of Preventive and Social Medicine in the collage.
“There is no clue at all behind his abduction. We have checked all the possible angles,” said Deputy Inspector General, A K Jadeja, Border range IG, Bhuj, that has Banaskantha in its jurisdiction. Jadeja has been camping in Banaskantha since Saturday. He said that ATS and DCB teams have been roped in to find clues.
Sources said that police have questioned Mehta’s colleagues, subordinates, family members and people associated with NGOs Mehta was associated with, but to no avail. When contacted, his wife Hema said, “I am coming to Banaskantha everyday and have told everything to the police yet nothing has come out yet. I have not received any calls about his abduction.”
Police said it suspected some students Mehta recently had a tiff over their attendance. However, no clues were found in this angle too. An NGO’s press release stated, “…The emerging overtones of the abduction allegedly being in retaliation by powerful forces for Dr Mehta having stood his ground against rampant corruption and wrongdoing in the medical college are a frightening commentary on the reducing space for law-abiding citizens in the state.”
Local police have denied loot angle, stating that Mehta’s car and other belongings were not touched and no extortion or threat calls have been received by his family. On Saturday, a police team was sent to Rajasthan, but the team returned with no clue. Dr Shailesh Nagar, dean of the PMC, said, “All I know is that he was abducted on the evening of August 19. I am here at the police station for the last three days, for cross verification of leads. Beyond that I know nothing.”
Director General of Police (in-charge) P P Pandey said that “Teams of ATS and DCB have been instructed to help the local police crack the case.”