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Brothers resist abductors

Brothers Abhishek and Sanjay Roy overpowered a gangster as he and a group of five-six armed men tried to kidnap the younger sibling 20 minutes past Monday midnight from their home in the Watgunge area.

The gang apparently shouted Abhishek’s name from outside his home in Ashu Babu Lane and asked him to come out.

As Abhishek, 26, who had recently completed his higher studies in management from a private institute and joined the family business of tea wholesale run by Sanjay, 35, on Karl Marx Sarani, stepped out of his home, nearly half a dozen knife-wielding men surrounded him.

The roads were empty around that time and they dragged him to the adjacent Circular Garden Reach Road.

“Abhishek raised the alarm while he was being dragged and his shouts for help alerted Sanjay, who came out of the house and immediately jumped to his brother’s rescue,” said an officer of Watgunge police station.

The combined resistance of the two brothers prompted one of the gangsters to pull out a gun and point the weapon at Sanjay. But he shoved the man and the gun fell off his hand and broke into pieces.

The brothers pinned down one of the kidnappers, Ravi Kunal, while the rest took to their heels. Kunal told police after his arrest that he is from Hajipur, Bihar, and that he had arrived in Calcutta on Monday.

“From his phone, we found that he was in touch with Pintu Mahato, who was arrested later,” said joint commissioner (crime) Pallab Kanti Ghosh.

Mahato is a former employee of the tea wholesale store that the Roys own. He was sacked three months ago for reporting to duty drunk.

His brother and mother still work at the store.

Sources said two knives and a nylon rope and duct tape were seized from Kunal.

The arrested duo have been charged with kidnapping, criminal conspiracy, grievous hurt caused by dangerous weapons and carrying illegal weapons.

A hunt has been launched to catch the other men.