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Trader missing, police on toes
- Kidnap whiff as 70-yr-old, driver disappear

A city-based industrialist went missing with his driver and car after he left his tyre-recycling unit at Simalia in Ratu area, 25km from the Ranchi district headquarters, on Thursday evening.

Though Gyan Chand Jain’s (70) family at his Kokar residence in Sadar police station area has not received any ransom call, police fear the elderly has been abducted.

Jain had left his unit just before 5pm in a hatchback.

“Policemen have been asked to trace Jain’s mobile phone (9431171314) as well as that of his driver (8102490911). Both phones are switched off. They were last traced to Nagri. A police team has gone to Gumla while some others have visited Birsa Munda Central Jail to talk to prisoners who were involved in abduction cases to find clues. They are trying to find out if anyone behind bars has a hand in the suspected abduction,” said a police officer requesting anonymity.

Another officer added, “Police are in pursuit of three persons who had come in a white Indica to meet Jain around 11.30am, but he refused.”

The police are also keeping watch on the residence of Jain’s driver Mukesh in Chutia — a locality that shelters four members of notorious abductor Chandan Sonar’s gang.

Another person under the scanner is Chotu, a former employee of Jain who is lodged in Birsa Munda jail. Chotu was held in May 2012 in connection with a firing at Jain’s house.

SSP Saket Kumar Singh and Ratu officer in charge Anil Singh were not available for comment.

SP (rural) Asim Vikrant Minz, who is camping at Ratu police station, said, “It will not be appropriate to discuss the matter right now as it is under investigation and there is no clue of Jain and his driver.”

Meanwhile, the missing trader’s relatives and friends gathered at his residence on Tiril Road. A worried crowd, which cursed the administration, was noticed outside his house in the afternoon.

An elderly man was heard saying, “Despite President’s Rule, criminals have not come under control.”

A youth recalled former SSP Praveen Kumar had shot dead a few criminals in HEC area in 2009 for abducting Luv Bhatia, son of a prominent hotelier Ashish Bhatia. “The culprits should be meted out the same treatment as what was served to those who abducted Luv Bhatia,” he said.

Jain’s wife Shakuntala appealed through the media to the “abductors” to free her husband, pleading he is old and suffering from high BP.

A close friend of the trader told The Telegraph: “Jain left his house yesterday morning telling his son Pankaj that he would return before dusk. When his son contacted a factory guard around 6.30pm, he was told that his father had left the factory around 4.45pm. Pankaj sensed something amiss, as it takes hardly one hour to reach home. He tried to call up his father on his phone, which was first said to be out of range and later switched off. He then alerted police.”

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