Feb. 13: The father of Class VI student Bishal Dey, who went missing on Monday, today questioned the role of police after cops picked up two of their neighbours in connection with the incident.
Bishal, 11, and a student of Bidya Niketan of Pandu, has been missing since he left his home at Adabari in Pandu around 11am. Bishal’s father, Rintu Dey, an autorickshaw driver, yesterday lodged a complaint with Jalukbari police station saying his son was missing and sought the police’s help.
The family also informed the police that they received a missed call from an unknown mobile number, hours after Bishal went missing. Suspecting that Bishal was kidnapped, family members and neighbours called back the number but could not get through.
The police started investigation into the incident and today called two neighbours of the family — Raju Das and Santu Dey — to Maligaon and took them to the police station suspecting their role in the incident. This angered the locals and the family, who rushed to the police station and staged a protest and questioned the police’s role.
“Many youths of our locality, including Santu and Raju, are helping me to find my son and they tried to contact the phone number from which we received missed calls. But the police today called them to police station and questioned them. They even suspected their role in the incident. They are my neighbours and are helping me but the police harassed them,” Rintu Dey told The Telegraph.
As local residents and family members staged protest at Jalukbari police station, the two youths were released around 2.30pm.
Sources at the police station, however, denied harassing the two youths.
The student’s father said the police neither visited his house nor searched for his son even after he lodged a written complaint. “I am a poor man and earn my livelihood by running an autorickshaw. I don’t think that someone will kidnap my son, as I am financially not sound. So, I request the police and the administration to search for my son and help me get him back as soon as possible,” Dey said.