Pressure is mounting on Tripura police as they are yet to make a breakthrough regarding the mysterious kidnapping of four bank staff. This incident comes close on the heels of the brutal murder of journalist Sudip Datta Bhaumik and it is not exactly painting a very rosy picture of the Left run State.
Meanwhile, the mystery behind the alleged kidnapping of four Tripura Gramin Bank (TGB) personnel deepened after the recovery of their vehicle on Sunday. Police said the Maruti Celerio car was found abandoned near office of the district magistrate at Ambassa, far from the spot where the incident occured at Taidu in south Tripura.
Tanmoy Bhattacharjee, 31, branch manager of the bank at Taidu in the Gomati district; two assistant managers Raktim Bhowmik, 28, and Sujit Dey, 28; and office assistant Subrata Debbarma, 35, were kidnapped on their way back home after office hours on Friday last. Director General of Police A.K. Shukla and other senior officials visited Taidu and reviewed the search operation.
The murder of two journalists over two months, followed by the disappearance bank personnel, has invited the ire of political and rights groups in the State. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has set a deadline of 5 p.m. tomorrow for the safe rescue of the officials. Prominent BJP leader Sudip Roy Barman alleged that Chief Minister Manik Sarkar had not yet made a statement to deplore the kidnapping.
TGB is one of two State-run banks that have banking operations even in remote areas of Tripura.