A massive manhunt was launched on Tuesday to trace a Jamshedpur-based scrap dealer, who went missing on Monday. Police suspect it to be a case of abduction for ransom.
A resident of Vrindavan Apartments in Sonari, Rajesh Jaiswal (36) left his house around 8.30am on Monday to go to his scrap depot in Mango but did not return. His family members tried to contact him only to find his phone switched off. Suspecting foul play, they approached police at night.
East Singhbhum senior superintendent of police Akhilesh Jha said a missing report had been lodged at Sonari police station on the basis of Jaiswal’s younger brother Bhola’s statement. “Though we have registered a missing report, we are treating it as a case of abduction,” Jha added.
However, the businessman’s family has not yet received any ransom call. Relatives suspect that he was abducted on his way to Mango.
“Like any other day, yesterday (Monday), he left home in the morning. When he did not return, we conducted a search and found out that that he had not reached the scrap depot,” said a relative, on condition of anonymity.
Police have formed two teams to track down Jaiswal. While one group of policemen was sent to places across the state as part of the search operation, the other will visit Bengal and Odisha. Police have also taken steps to monitor Jaiswal’s cellphone signals in the hope that it will be eventually switched on.
On Tuesday, East Singhbhum additional superintendent of police (ASP) Rajeev Ranjan Singh visited Jaiswal’s house and met his family members. He also went to the scrap depot at Mango along National Highway 33.
“We are trying our best to trace the victim,” the ASP told The Telegraph.
Sources said that Jaiswal had a flourishing scrap business but doubted whether he was rich enough to pay a hefty ransom.
Jaiswal’s wife, two daughters and son refused to speak to anyone, including mediapersons.