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Police arrest two in Nepal businessman kidnapping case

Posted on Jan 30, 09:21AM | UNI

Siliguri, Jan 29 : Two Indians, accused of abducting a Nepali businessman and chairman of Indo-Nepal Friendship Association, were today remanded to ten days police custody after being produced in a local court here

Gangakishan Rathi (69) of Biratnagar in Nepal, has been missing since January 10, the day he came in Siliguri to buy goods for his businesses in Nepal, police said

He entered the Indian border of Panitani with his car on January 10 and was supposed to return on the following day

But his relatives in Nepal had received phone calls on January 11 asking them Rs one crore as ransom for release of Gangakishan Rathi, onwer of rice mill and oil mill in Biratnagar

There had been also some negotiations with the abductors regarding ransom money for the safe passage of the captive

But when those failed, Haribansh, the son of the businessman, filed an FIR with the Siliguri police on January 25 saying his father has been abducted in Siliguri region

The West Bengal Police swung into action after pressures mounted on the Indian government by the Indian embassy in Nepal to locate the whereabouts of the missing businessman, who is also the chairman of Indo-Nepal Friendship Association and former chief of Morang Merchant Association (MMA) in that country

Siliguri police in association with their Jalpaiguri and Nepal counterparts started investigations through tracking of the mobile phone calls and arrested prime suspects SK Mishra and Abijit Bose from Bolpure in Birbhum district on Saturday

Police took them on transmit remand and had produced them before the court, which remanded them to 10 days police custody

While Misra is a resident of Matihgara, Bose lives in Pradhan Nagar, both are in mid 40s, police said

Police said investigations are on to locate the missing businessman