A journalist employed with a Bengali daily in Alipurduar district of the state has gone missing, days after he reported about irregularities and corruption in the admission process in a college.
Chayan Sarkar, who writes for the Uttarbanga Sangbad, is missing since Sunday morning. A few days ago he had lodged a complaint at the Alipurduar police station saying he had been threatened.
The matter has now been handed over to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID).
“We have launched a manhunt for him. We have questioned several people in this regard and we are looking for him. We cannot say at the moment if he has been abducted,” Deputy Inspector General (CID) Dilip Kumar Adak said.
Meanwhile, leader of opposition and Communist Party of India-Marxist state secretary Surjya Kanta Mishra hinted that Trinamool Congress might be behind the incident.
“The government should act and rescue Sarkar. The main culprit, a Trinamool leader, must be arrested,” Mishra said on a social networking site.
The Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) also claimed Sarkar’s house had been attacked by Trinamool ‘goons’ ever since he reported the story on malpractices in the college.