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Talk with Bangla force on kidnap

The Border Security Force has sought the help of its Bangladeshi counterpart to secure the release of Deep Mandal, a 25-year-old telecom professional from Calcutta who was abducted along with two local drivers from Mizoramís Mamit district on November 23.

The abductors are believed to have kept Deep at a remote location in the neighbouring country.

Mamit police superintendent Rodingliana Chawngthu said the abductors had called Mandalís family last week and demanded Rs 5 crore ransom. ďThe abductors have contacted Mandalís family. The family members, I have learnt, told them that they cannot afford the money. We are taking all possible steps to achieve a breakthrough.Ē

Deepís cousin Arnab, however, said the family had not received any ransom call.

Sources in the company where Deep works have said they have received calls demanding ransom.

Chawngthu said BSF officers had sought details of the abduction case on Monday for next dayís flag meeting with Border Guard Bangladesh.

ďI have been informed that the case was discussed at the commandant-level meeting between BSF and BGB officers at Silsury in Mamit district. We hope the meeting would yield positive results,Ē he said.

Sources said the BSF officers have handed over the case details to BGB personnel.

Deep works for a Noida-based company hired by a telecom major to carry out a survey in Mamit. The youth was returning from a site in a car when he and the two drivers were kidnapped.