The following is Satyabrata Ganguly?s version of his kidnapping and release:
It was the 2nd. Good Friday. It was 5 am and still a little dark. I was going for my morning walk.
I was in my shorts and walking shoes, entering Penn Road between Jalan and Bajoria House and heading for the Horticulture Gardens.
I saw a car from a distance. It was partially covered by trees. Some men were bending down as if repairing a puncture.
As I came near, they suddenly jumped on me, gagged me and began beating me up. One put a revolver to my head. I shouted but nobody was around to hear me.
Man: If you shout, we will kill you.
I was pushed to the back of the car while two or three men got on top of me and one beat me constantly. I was blindfolded. I began bleeding profusely and choking. I thought I would die.
Man: Lie down still and don?t move.
The car picked up speed. My gag was taken off. I requested to be allowed to sit up since I was not feeling well.
Man: You can do so but after a while.
A little later I was shifted to the rear of the car. All the while I was blindfolded.
We drove, drove, drove, maybe for six or eight or ten hours, I don?t know. Then the car stopped.
I was still blindfolded. Two guards led me to a house and then into a room.
Man: Take off your shoes.
My blindfolds were taken off and it was then that I saw it was evening. I also saw a mattress, a pillow and a chair. I was sweating profusely and feeling dizzy.
Men: Would you like to take a bath?
A guard stood outside the bathroom all the while I was inside. The locks had been broken. They gave me a small cloth to wear.
An hour passed.
The ransom demand
Guard: A man wants to speak to you.
I was blindfolded once again and taken there.
Man (in Hindi): Who are you?
Ganguly: S.B. Ganguly
Man: How do you spell it?
Man: What business do you do?
Ganguly: I have no business. I am with Exide Industries.
Man: What do they do?
Ganguly: They make batteries.
Man: Don?t you stay in one of those bungalows?
Ganguly: Yes I do but I am a company executive. The house belongs to them.
Man: Then we have made a mistake.
Ganguly: I was going to tell you that but you didn?t give me a chance.
Man: Do you know why you have been called here?
Man: We?ve called you to take ransom. We charge minimum (Rs) 2 crore.
Ganguly: You sell my family. I don?t have that money. I have just 1 lakh-2 lakh. You won?t get anything else.
Man: But my boss takes minimum 2 crore.
Ganguly: Then you?ve made a wrong pick.
Man: Who?s your contact?
Ganguly: My wife.
Man: Who else?
Ganguly: My daughter.
Ganguly: My brother.
I gave their phone numbers.
Man: Now you can go back and take rest.
I was given chapattis and vegetables and then I lay down on the floor.
There was no electricity, but plenty of mosquitoes.
The guard was there all the while with his gun. He slept not far from me.
The Second Day
The next day I was asked whether I wanted to go to the toilet. I said yes. They gave me toothpaste, toothbrush and a shaving kit.
After a bath, I was led into a smaller room, probably 6x2 square metres. It had a small window which was locked.
Guard: You take rest here. If you behave yourself, nothing will happen.
No other words were exchanged. I prayed and meditated. I prayed to my guruji and asked him to save me. I also asked him why a man who had never harmed anyone should be punished like this.
The Boss Appears
Sunday night I was called again. I was told the boss wanted to see me. Once again I was blindfolded and led to a room.
Boss: We are sorry to have picked you in place of someone else. I can assure you we will not take a single paisa from you. But we have seen in today?s news that some businessmen in Calcutta are meeting and collecting money for your release. If they give the money it?s fine, but otherwise also it?s OK. You will be looked after. If you need food and medicine, we?ll provide you.
Ganguly: I?m a diabetes patient. I want bitter gourd, no potatoes and no sugar in my tea.
My captors kept their word. Then I was kept confined to my room with no outside communication.
Last morning, after breakfast I was lying down and praying when the guard told me the boss wanted to see me again. I was blindfolded.
Boss: Do you want to send any message to anyone?
Ganguly: Yes. To my wife and company.
Boss: Then write it on a chit and give it to me.
I wrote to my family telling them I am well and not to worry. I apologised to Exide for being unable to attend the workshop and seminar.
At midnight between yesterday and today, I was woken up and told we had to go.
They gave me a kurta and pyjama to wear and I was driven blindfolded to the station.
I was put in an AC second class coach.
My blindfold was taken off and I was told to speak to no one and tell nobody who I was.
They gave me Rs 200 for the journey and Rs 25 for tea on the way. I was told I was going to Howrah.
When the train pulled into Howrah station, I went straight for the taxi stand, got into a car and headed home.
I have come home by the grace of God. Nobody could have released me except prayers and my guruji. He turned stone to wax.