Police still clueless about Purulia kidnapping

Clueless over the kidnap of an IB officer and a school teacher from a remote village in Purulia for over twenty days, police have now sought the help of social organisations and journalists.

Last Updated: Nov 14, 2010, 13:47 PM IST

Kolkata: Clueless over the kidnap of an IB officer and a school teacher from a remote village in West Bengal`s Purulia district for over twenty days, police have now sought the help of social organisations and journalists in a desperate search for any piece of information.

"Messages have been left with all that the state government should be told about any information about the two, we are hopeful that we will get positive results very soon," ADG (Law and Order) Surojit Kar Purokayastha said.

A senior IB officer, speaking on condition of anonymity said, "We are getting information from our human network, but it is also true that it is not enough. We need more effective local sources.

"As Maoists are killing people after dubbing them as police informers the people are scared to give information to the police," he said.
Police have been approaching different social oganisations working in Purulia district and journalists to open a possible communication channel with Maoists. The West Bengal government`s two helpline numbers (9051399183) and (2214-5486), seeking information about IB inspector Partha Basu and his friend Soumyajit Basu, a school teacher who went missing from Ayodhya area and were suspected to have been kidnapped by Maoists, has so far not yielded any result.

"We have not got any information about them. We are looking into it," Inspector General of Police (Western Range) Zulfikar Hasan said.

An IB officer said that the Maoists had changed their way of operations and did not use mobile phones which could be traced.
"The police are using foreign technology in monitoring our mobiles. We cannot communicate so easily as we could earlier," Maoist leader Kishenji had earlier said.

A family member of the kidnapped persons, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that instead of providing details the police were trying to only gather information from them.

"The police wanted the information we secured from local people," the family member said.

The abducted IB officer`s wife Barnali had recently sought media`s help to establish communication with the Maoists.

"Myself and a my friend had frantically called up by a senior police officer a couple of days after the abduction," a district reporter said.

He said police were handicapped by not having a human network particularly in Maoist-hit police station areas like Bandowan, Balarampur, Arsa, Jhalda, Khotsila and Bagmundi.

"No one, however, is ready to work for the police as it will put their lives at risk," he said.

"The administration has fallen into its own trap. People no longer have confidence to work for the police and the administration because they fear the police might use their communication channel for their own purposes," said Social activist Swami Agnivesh.

PTI