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Kidnap bid foiled, one caught

Malda, Jan. 6: One of the two criminals who tried to abduct the 10-year-old son of a jeweller this morning was caught and beaten up by local people after the motorcycle they were using for the operation skidded off the road.

While Safiqul Islam managed to flee with the two-wheeler, Rabbani Sheikh was thrashed and later handed over to police.

According to the police, the only son of Lakshman Swarnakar, owner of a jewellery shop at Rajnagar, was kidnapped near Jadutola Crossing in Rajnagar gram panchayat area around 8am today.

Sourav was roaming around near his house when Safiqul and Rabbani came to him on a motorcycle and asked him to show them a house in the area.

The boy knew Safiqul because he used to work as their driver for four-five years. He left the job two years ago.

Sourav hopped on to the two-wheeler with the duo to show them the house.

But soon the boy realised that he was being taken to a different direction. After listening to the conversion between Safikul and Rabbani, Sourav understood that he was in trouble and started crying for help.

Sourav’s screams attracted the residents of the area who chased the motorcycle.

After travelling for half a kilometre, Safikul lost control of the mortorcycle and it skidded off the road. While Safikul managed to flee with the vehicle Rabbani was caught and beaten up.

Pradhan of Rajnagar gram panchayat and local Congress leader Sujit Ghosh said the villagers tied Rabbani to a tree and thrashed him. They even refused to hand him over to the police when they arrived at the spot from Vaisnavnagar.

Sourav’s mother Madhumita Swarnakar said she was shocked tha Safiqul, once the family driver, would try to kidnap her son.

“It is because of the villagers that I got back my son. I fear Safiqul would have demanded a hefty ransom after kidnapping him. It gave me pain to think that Safiqul could hatch such a plot against us. He has seen my son growing up,” she said.

District superintendent of police Bhuban Mondal said the duo had come to kidnap the Class V student of Rajnagar High School to demand ransom from his parents.

“It is a relief that our men could free Rabbani from the mob. We can get the details about their plans once he recovers. He has been admitted to a hospital in Kaliachak,” Mondal said.

The district police chief added that they have alerted all the nearby police stations and were looking for Safiqul.

According to him, 182 kidnapping cases have been recorded in the district in the last year.

In all, 78 persons have been rescued from the clutches of kidnappers.

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