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Rs 5cr ransom call for Deep

The kidnappers of Deep Mandal, a telecom professional from north Calcutta who went missing on November 23 from Mizoram’s Mamit district along with two Mizo drivers, have demanded a ransom of Rs 5 crore.

Mizoram police on Thursday confirmed that the 25-year-old from Shyampukur has been kidnapped on his first assignment outside Bengal but “he is safe”.

The Mamit superintendent of police, Rodingliana Chawngthu, said the kidnappers called the manager of the Noida-based company Deep worked for around 4pm on Wednesday. “This was the first ransom call so far. The hostages are safe but deep inside Bangladesh.”

Mamit district, around 160km west of Aizawl, borders Bangladesh and Tripura.

The police had said last week that militants of the National Liberation Front of Tripura might have kidnapped Deep while he was returning to Aizawl from Tuipuibari forest, where his firm has installed mobile phone towers for a telecom company.

The two drivers have been identified as Sanglianthanga and Lalzamliana.

Deep had joined the private firm five months ago and this was his first official trip outside Bengal. His last call to his family was on November 22.

On Thursday, the influential Mizo Zirlai Pawl (MZP) took out a 65km rally seeking early and unconditional release of the hostages. Lalmachhuana, the president of the student union, said: “We want people living in Mizoram to join hands in maintaining peace.”

The government along with the Young Mizo Association, NGOs and taxi drivers have supported the rally.