|A police official inspects the window grilles at the Chakravarty residence in Muzaffarpur on Wednesday. Picture by Gopi Raman.
Muzaffarpur, Sept. 19: A 13-year-old girl was kidnapped from her Andigola home early today, triggering posers on the state government’s much vaunted “susashan”.
According to the police, three criminals sneaked into Nobha Runa Chakarvarty’s room around 3.30am by prising open grilles before breaking the wooden windows and kidnapped her.
The cops added that the criminals made the girl unconscious and then whisked her away in a bed-sheet.
The girl’s father, Atul Chakravarty, has lodged an FIR at the Town police station. Five persons have been rounded up for allegedly kidnapping the Class VII student of St Xavier’s School.
Atul said he woke up at 4am to find his daughter missing from her bed and the windows broken. He also found the bed-sheet to be missing.
After a search by other family members in nearby localities yielded no result, Atul lodged an FIR.
City deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Upendra Prasad and other officers of Town police station visited Atul’s house.
The officer added that Atul had provided them some vital clues, which would help them trace the girl and bring her back. The Chakravarty residence is built on a sprawling 10 cottahs of land, which at the present market rate is valued at Rs 10 lakh.
Sources said the family owns some other properties as well. The police believe that the kidnap could be the fallout of a land dispute. The cops have rounded up one Sanjay Chakravarty, as he was allegedly locked in one such dispute with Atul.
After the news of the kidnap spread, residents of the area and the business fraternity expressed concern over the rise in crime in the district, around 75km north of Patna. Satish Patel, a resident of the Andigola area, said: “The law and order situation has completely deteriorated.”
The North Bihar Chamber of Commerce and Industry secretary, Motilal Chaparia, said: “Criminals have unleashed a reign of terror. Loot, dacoity and other crimes have increased.”
Residents of Andigola, Kalyani and Jawaharlal Road and members of Bihar-Bengali Samaj visited Atul’s house to express solidarity.