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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

‘Permanent police patrol post in Kalain soon’

‘Permanent police patrol post in Kalain soon’
From our Staff Reporter
Silchar, Feb 17: “A permanent police patrol post will be coming up soon in Kalain,” said State’s Excise Minister Gautam Roy today. The decision was taken by Roy after the recent kidnapping of Kalain Tea Estate assistant manager Chinmoy Kanti Paul was in news.

Roy along with his cabinet colleague from Barak Valley Dinesh Prasad Goala took up the matter to set up a patrol post with the IGP and it was decided that the post would come up in the near future.

Meanwhile, mystery shrouded over the kidnapping of Paul as no outfit has till now claimed the responsibility or demanded any ransom. Kalain, the entry point to South Assam has, in the recent times, become an easy prey-field for the militants from the neighbouring district as well as for local goons.

In 2002, Harshika Serawat, four-year old daughter of an assistant manager of Kalain TE, was picked up from her official quarters by suspected Dimasa militants. IGP (SB) Khagen Sarmah played a vital role in getting Harshika released from the clutches of the abductors, though the identity of the miscreants was not made public till now.

Subsequently, assistant manager of Bickrampur TE Junia Jagai was abducted by miscreants but was later released after he reportedly paid ransom to his abductors. In recent times, Faruq Ahmed, Majid Raja and Himangshu Das were also kidnapped and the miscreants eventually released them after getting a good amount of money, sources said.

But in the Chinmoy Paul kidnapping case, the most intriguing trait was that till now no outfit has claimed responsibility of the kidnapping neither any demand for ransom was made.

The Army swung to action immediately but success still eluded them. Sources said a gang of forest mafia involved in illegal collection of stones was behind the kidnapping. It further hinted that, forest officials were in no mood to co-operate with the army officials as well as the investigating police team. THE SENTINEL

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