Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday ordered a CID inquiry with regard to a journalist in a local paper who has gone missing, days after he reported irregularities and corruption in the admission process in a college.
Chayan Sarkar, a correspondent with the Uttarbanga Sangbad in Alipurduar district, is missing since Sunday morning. He had lodged a complaint with police in Alipurduar alleging that he was being threatened.
Speaking to reporters at the state secretariat "Nabanna", Banerjee said she has asked the CID to probe the matter. Inspector General of Police (North Bengal) Gyanwant Singh has been asked to reach the area, she said.
"We want the truth to come out. Police will investigate in detail," she said.
Deputy Inspector General (CID) Dilip Kumar Adak said: "We have launched a manhunt for him. We have questioned several people in this regard and we are looking for him. We cannot say at the moment if he has been abducted."
Confirming that Sarkar filed a police complaint alleging threats, another police officer said the journalist started getting threats after he reported about malpractices concerning admissions to Alipurduar College.
While the Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri Press Club members alleged that Sarkar was abducted by those involved in the admission racket, the opposition Left Front and the BJP pointed fingers at the ruling Trinamool Congress.
Members of the press clubs during the day took out a protest march before the police chief's office in Alipurduar demanding action against the abductors while the family members of the journalist blocked a road demanding he be immediately traced.
Leader of Opposition and Communist Party of India-Marxist state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra alleged involvement of a Trinamool leader.
"The government should act and rescue Sarkar. The main culprit, a Trinamool leader, must be arrested," Mishra said on a social networking site.
Left Front chairman Biman Bose said those whose interest were hurt by Sarkar's report were behind his abduction.
"The administration should try to trace him in an urgent manner. It is possible that those whose interests have been hurt by the news done by the newspaper they may be behind this abduction," said Bose.
The Bharatiya Janata Party claimed that Sarkar's house was attacked by 'Trinamool goons' after the story on the admission malpractices was published.