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Firm owner robbed in captivity

The owner of a web design firm was allegedly held captive in a South 24-Parganas village on Tuesday night by two men who had lured him to the area by promising a contract and released after being robbed of money and valuables.

Randhir Jha, 32, returned home to Baguiati on Wednesday morning and lodged a complaint with Bidhannagar commissionerate.

“The men forcibly took away my two cell phones (Samsung and BlackBerry), tablet, wedding ring, cash and two ATM cards,” said Jha, whose firm is based in Baguiati.

Jha said a man identifying himself as Bhaskar called him on Tuesday morning and asked whether he would like to design a company’s website. Jha expressed interest in the project and was told to visit Jamtala, near Joynagar in South 24-Parganas, the same day.

He mentioned in the complaint that he reached the Jamtala bus stand around 6.30pm and was taken to a house by two men on a motorcycle that did not have a number plate.

“At the house, the men snatched my cell phones and two ATM cards, and asked for the PINs. I gave them the PINs,” Jha said. There was not much money in his accounts and the duo could withdraw only Rs 800.

The two men allegedly held Jha captive for the night and “assaulted” him “several times”. He was released at 4am. By then the duo had snatched Jha’s tablet and wedding ring.

“I went to Baguiati police station twice but they refused to take my complaint. I later lodged a complaint with Bidhannagar commissionerate,” he said. “The police station had refused to accept the complaint possibly because the place of occurrence was beyond its jurisdiction,” said an officer.