Siliguri: After missing for five days, the scribe of a Bengali daily who was found in neighbouring Cooch Behar district, on Saturday told the CID that "he had left his home in Alipurduar district due to family problems."
Chayan Sarkar had gone missing from his hometown in Alipurduar district on August 2, last night called up the police in CoochBehar claiming he was dropped off by his abductors near a bus stop. He then went to Kotwali police station in Cooch Behar.
After Sarkar went missing West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had ordered a CID probe into the case.
Senior Superintendent of Police, CID, SK Yadav today said the journalist Chayan Sarkar had surfaced at Coochbehar last night and had been brought to the CID office here by his younger brother and a friend.
"Sarkar has not been arrested," he said.
Yadav told newsmen Sarkar had "confessed" that "he allegedly went missing due to family problems" and as per a plan formulated with the help of his friend.
Sarkar left his scooter near the roadside in Alipurduar town and tried to board a bus to Guwahati.
But as none was available at the time, he boarded up Kanchanjungha Express from Kamakhyaguri railway station for Guwahati.
He, however, returned to Cooch Behar as his funds ran out. After he surfaced near Cooch Behar town bus stand last night, he got in touch with the police and later underwent medical examinations.
He had also got in touch with his friend and younger brother, who brought him to the CID office here. He underwent medical tests again at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital here today.
Sarkar was present at the press meet.
The scribe had suddenly disappeared after the arrest of eight persons whom he had named in an FIR for issuing threats to him following a story by him in the last week of July on alleged bribery in a college's admissions.
Sarkar's notebook, scooter and wallet were found lying at a spot in Alipurduar town on August 3, triggering protests by the Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri Press Club which alleged that those behind the admission bribery racket had abducted him.