Durgapur, Oct. 2: The 11-year-old son of a Burdwan trader, who is said to have done “good business” supplying construction materials for the proposed Matix fertilizer plant, was allegedly kidnapped while returning home from tuitions last evening.
Krishna Dayal Karmakar said he received a call last night that asked him to deposit Rs 12 lakh in a “party fund”.
“The caller, however, did not mention the name of the party and disconnected the line. I tried calling on that number but it has been switched off since,” Karmakar said.
The trader said in his complaint that he suspected neighbours in Budbud of having a hand in the kidnap.
“I have established my business as a construction material supplier. They know that I have done good business in the past three years. They are jealous of me and have abducted my son because of this. But I cannot single out anybody,” he said.
Although the caller asking Karmakar to pay Rs 12 lakh did not name any party, local Trinamul leaders and workers have been recently accused of running syndicates to supply materials to the proposed Rs 5,000-crore fertilizer plant.
Both Trinamul and the CPM denied they had anything to do with the “party fund”.
The kidnapped boy’s mother Mala said she usually accompanied Shayan home everyday from his tuition classes 1km away. But yesterday, his classes got over half-an-hour earlier because of incessant rain.
“I was about to leave home around 7pm. When I reached the teacher’s home, he said my son had already left an hour ago,” Mala said.
She added that some neighbours had told her that they had seen Shayan along with two youths on a motorbike around 6.30pm. Karmakar received the ransom call two hours later.
Neighbours said Karmakar was a farmer a few years ago who cultivated his three-acre plot. But he sold the land and with the Rs 30 lakh he got, he started the business to supply construction materials. He has been supplying materials to Matix fertilizers for the past three years.
Police said they have started investigations and raids in the area.
“The boy’s father did good business over the past few years. We are looking at all possibilities, if anybody known to him committed the crime,” said S.M.H. Meerza, superintendent of police in Burdwan.
Told about the caller asking Karmakar to deposit the money in a “party fund”, Trinamul Budbud block chief Janardhan Chatterjee said: “We are not involved. Ask the CPM.”
The CPM’s Galsi zonal secretary Sayed Hossain accused Trinamul-backed youths of kidnapping the boy.