West Bengal: Got some leads on whereabouts of missing journalist, says CID

The CID on Wednesday said that it has some leads on the whereabouts of the missing Uttarbanga Sambad journalist and rubbished the news of finding the scribe at a Guwahati hotel as "rumours".

PTI| Last Updated: Aug 05, 2015, 22:03 PM IST

Kolkata: The CID on Wednesday said that it has some leads on the whereabouts of the missing Uttarbanga Sambad journalist and rubbished the news of finding the scribe at a Guwahati hotel as "rumours".

"We are still in search of him (the journalist). We have got some leads regarding his whereabouts. Our officials are working on them," a senior CID official said today.
Chayan Sarkar, a reporter at Bengali daily Uttarbanga Sangbad, has been missing since 9 am on Sunday after eight persons, named by him in an FIR for issuing threats for writing a college admission bribery story, were arrested.

Sarkar's notebook, scooter and purse were found lying in a place, police sources had said.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had ordered a CID probe into the incident and a team of 35 CID personnel visited the spot near Sarkar's home at Alipurduar town from where he went missing.

The CID official rubbished news of "finding" Sarkar at a Guwahati hotel as "rumours".

"All these are rumours. He can be anywhere... We are searching him," he said.

Meanwhile, describing Sarkar's "missing" as a matter of "grave concern", the Indian Journalists' Association (IJA) today demanded the police to ensure a "safe return" of the journalist.

"This is a matter of grave concern that Chayan Sarkar, a reporter of Uttarbanga Sambad at Alipurduar, is mysteriously missing since August 2. IJA demands that the police ensure his safe return," IJA president S Sabanayakan and general secretary Sekhar Sengupta said in the statement issued by the IJA today.