12:00 AM, November 13, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, November 13, 2012

No trace of Parag

Cops clueless about shooting, abduction

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Staff Correspondent


Two days into the abduction of a six-year-old boy, his parents and law enforcers have been baffled as none demanded any ransom until yesterday evening.
Locals suspect that any housing company operating in the area or kidnappers might have abducted the boy premeditatedly.
They say the family is very peaceful and engaged in philanthropic activities in the area, and does not have any conflict with anybody.
Bimol Chandra Mondol, father of victim Parag Mondol, is a successful businessman and he has around 45 acre land at Shuvadya Paschim Para of Keraniganj and adjoining areas.
The incident has created sensation in the area as the kidnappers fired shots at Parag's mother and two sisters, and the driver of their family car in Shuvadya Paschim Para area while whisking the boy away on Sunday morning.
Visiting the area yesterday, this correspondent found that a good number of curious people from the locality and surrounding areas gathered there.
Parag's eight-year-old sister Piyal Mondol, who witnessed the incident but escaped unhurt, has been in tears. “Bring my brother back home,” she told The Daily Star.
Whoever she found nearby, Piyal was asking the same question, “Where is my brother?” and describing the scene.
Family members said Piyal had been unable to sleep since the incident. Doctors gave her sleeping pills yesterday noon but to no avail.
Locals say police patrol is not frequent in the area and the kidnappers took this advantage.
Officer-in-Charge Sakhawat Hossain of South Keraniganj Police Station said members of police and intelligence agencies were yet to get any clue as the abductors did not contact either with the victim's family or someone else.
Police are yet to trace where the abductors had gone after opening fire.
Parag's mother Lipi Rani Mondol was operated upon on Sunday at the National Institute of Diseases of the Chest and Hospital, and was undergoing treatment there until yesterday.
His 11-year-old sister Pinaki Mondol returned home the same day after being treated at the National Institute of Traumatology & Orthopaedic Rehabilitation (Nitor). Driver Nazrul Islam is now admitted to Mitford Hospital.
Witnesses said four people riding on two motorcycles had been wandering in the area since 6:00am on Sunday. Locals thought that they might be looking for any land owner or a broker. So nobody took the matter seriously.
During the incident, the two motorcycles were parked on two sides of the road, keeping a distance from the car of the victim's family.
When Parag's mother along with her three children approached the car, the criminals opened fire at them injuring three and abducted Parag.
Locals assume that the criminals had tie with someone in the area to help them identify the victims.
Parag's father Bimol said he could not guess who could be behind the incident.
Jayanti Talukder, an aunt of Parag who stays close, told this correspondent the style of the abduction raised questions among the local people as such dramatic action was not necessary.
Parag used to play in the area, sometimes even alone and went to the neighbours houses. It was not difficult to kidnap him on any of such occasions, she added.
The neighbours, especially those affluent and land owners, have now become worried following Parag's abduction.
Locals suspect the boy was abducted to create pressure on his family so that they flee to India and their property could be grabbed.
Parag's uncle Pradip Kumar said the family members on Sunday night met with the home minister, who assured them of law enforcers' efforts to rescue the boy.
He said the family also appealed to the prime minister through journalists to personally supervise the case.
Meanwhile, BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy yesterday during a press conference at his party office in the capital's Naya Paltan area demanded judicial probe into the abduction. According to him, a vested quarter was behind the incident.

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