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Boy disappears on way home
- Phone call deepens mystery

Siliguri, Sept. 11: A Class VII student of Rockvale Academy at 9th Mile, Kalimpong, went missing after he left for his home on Sunday.

Twelve-year-old Subhajit Chaki, lived as a paying guest at the house of Kalyan Sarkar at 8th Mile. According to Subhajit’s parents, the boy had left Sarkar’s house for Mainaguri in Jalpaiguri on Sunday morning claiming that his father was ill and that he was running out of money.

“We had instructed Sarkar not to let him out except for school, but it seems my son somehow managed to persuade him,” said Nirmal, who owns a tea plantation in Mainaguri and is into a number of other businesses as well. “This is the first time he has left Kalimpong on his own.”

The incident came to light on Sunday evening when Subhasish Sarkar, a distant relative of Subhajit called up the Chakis from Kalimpong to ask whether the boy had reached home safely. A Class X student in the same school, Sarkar had met Subhajit at Kalimpong station that morning.

“He had told Subhasish the same story,” Nirmal said.

The senior Chaki went to Kalimpong yesterday and lodged a missing person’s diary (GDE No-455/10-09-07) at the police station there. He also met Sarkar and Subhasish. Today he met the school authorities, who arranged for a meeting with Subhajit’s classmates.

“He was an average student and we never heard anything against him. He shifted from the hostel about a year back,” said Captain P.M. Pradhan, the principal.

The sting in the tail was provided by a phone call last night. Subhajit reportedly called up Subhasish at the shop where he dines every day and said he was fine and that his parents should not worry.

Police are looking into all angles including the fact that Nirmal’s brother had been gunned down in his shop by KLO militants five years ago.

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