Bengal govt flayed for inaction to trace abducted persons

West Bengal Government`s apparent inaction to trace a kidnapped police officer and a school teacher even four months after their abduction comes in for sharp criticism from several quarters.

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2011, 11:24 AM IST

Kolkata: In the backdrop of Orissa
administration`s prompt steps to secure the release of two
abducted government officials, West Bengal Government`s
apparent inaction to trace a kidnapped police officer and a
school teacher even four months after their abduction comes in
for sharp criticism from several quarters.

IB officer Partha Biswas and school teacher Soumyojit
Basu were abducted from Ayodhya hills in Purulia district on
October 23 and they remain untraced till today.
"West Bengal Government`s attitude is callous and they do
not even try to find out what has happened to the IB officer
and the school teacher," social activist Swami Agnivesh told
PTI.

"Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik`s approach to
ensure early and safe release of Malkangiri Collector R V
Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Kumar Majhi was
creditable," he said.

Blaming the Bengal Government for its failure to locate
the IB officer and the school teacher, Soumyojit`s brother
Avijit Basu said, "We met all senior government officers
besides Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee and Trinamool
Congress chief Mamata Banerjee, but none has assured us
anything.

"When we met DGP Naparajit Mukherjee, he said police do
not have any clue to the whereabouts of the abducted persons
and asked us to share information so that police could act on
it."

Although Maoists disowned their role in the abduction
and alleged that the two men were victims of police
infighting, Basu said, "The day they went missing someone
called us from my brother`s mobile and, identifying himself as
a Maoist, claimed that they had abducted Soumyojit. We
informed this to police, but since then there has been no
progress and we don`t know whether they are now alive".

A senior police officer said today, "We don`t have any
information about the abducted persons till date. We spoke to
the neighbouring states, but so far there has been no positive
feedback."

Dandapani Mohanty, an interlocutor, said "The Orissa
Government has been very positive in their response and this
will build confidence among the people and we are working hard
to ensure the safe release of the abducted officials".

The chances of the safe release of the abducted Collector
and junior engineer in Orissa were high, Mohanty said.
The Malkangiri Collector and the junior engineer were
abducted by Maoists when they were going to attend a
development camp under Chitrakonda police station area in
Malkangiri district of Orissa on February 16.

PTI