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Bike twist in kidnap case

The motorcycle of an allegedly kidnapped teacher of a Patna-based coaching institute was recovered from the Hajipur railway station premises on Wednesday, five days after he went missing.

Police swung into action after the recovery of the motorcycle of Achchutanand (35), a resident of Saket Colony in Hajipur, from the auto stand near the station. “The vehicle was left there to mislead the police,” a member of the investigating team said.

Hajipur Town police station house officer M.K. Gupta said a special team had been constituted to crack the case. “We are on the job. Raids are being conducted on the basis of intelligence inputs,” he told The Telegraph over phone.

Achchutanand went missing on January 10. His father, Sharda Nandan Sharma, a retired teacher of Hajipur-based RN College, told the police that his son taught English at a coaching institute near Rampur Nahar in the Patna City area. On Friday, he left for the institute on his two-wheeler but did not return home. Subsequently, Sharma reported the matter to the police and a missing case was lodged initially.

The SHO said a kidnapping case for ransom was lodged later. “The investigation is proceeding in the right direction and we hope to recover the victim safely,” he said.

Sources said the members of the special police team were in constant touch with their counterparts in Patna. They also visited the coaching institute and enquired about Achchutanand.

Sources close to the family said the police swung into action only after the victim’s father met the director-general of police (DGP), Abhayanand, at the police headquarters two days ago and sought his intervention in the case. The DGP reportedly spoke to the Vaishali superintendent of police, Suresh Prasad Choudhary, and asked him to ensure the victim was rescued from the clutches of his abductors at the earliest. The police have sought details of the victim’s cellphone calls to ascertain the involvement of the gang.

The kidnapping case comes barely a few weeks after Ravish Kumar, a railway employee posted at Hajipur zonal office, and Sabal Singh, a retired homeguard jawan, were arrested in connection with the kidnapping and subsequent release of Sohail Hingora, a Surat-based industrialist’s son.

Sohail was reportedly released after his family paid Rs 9 crore as ransom to the abductors. A gang operating in Bihar and Jharkhand is suspected to be involved in the kidnapping of Sohail from Daman in October last year.