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Odisha trader held for kidnap

An Odisha trader was arrested for allegedly kidnapping the 10-year-old son of his Calcutta-based business rival because the latter had not returned a loan of Rs 35,000. The child was rescued on Sunday night.

On July 27, Dilip Halder, a resident of Tollygunge Road in the Charu Market police station area, lodged a complaint that his son Debabrata, a Class IV student, had been kidnapped by Sabita Mal, the wife of business rival Bhaskar Mal.

“Halder, a labour contractor, alleged in his complaint that Sabita had come from Kendrapara in Odisha and kidnapped his son,” said an officer of Charu Market police station. “Since the woman was known to the family, the child had gone with her without a fuss when she offered him chocolate.”

The complaint also mentioned that Halder had been getting threat calls from Mal demanding Rs 35,000 that Halder owed to him.

Based on Halder’s complaint, a team from the city police went to Odisha and rescued Debabrata from the Mals’ home on Sunday night.

“We arrested Bhaskar Mal but his wife is absconding,” said the officer. The cops claimed that Mal has confessed to kidnapping the child because his father had not paid him back.

Mal has been brought to Calcutta on transit remand.