Two teenaged schoolboys were abducted from near the Ramakrishna Mission global headquarters in Belur on Monday and later rescued by the police from nearby Uttarpara.
Howrah superintendent of police Neeraj Kumar Singh said the two - Satyajit Chatterjee and Raju Sahu students of class ten and nine respectively of Ghusuri Lahiri Bagan High School, were kidnapped by four men when they accompanied their schoolmates to Belur Math to participate in the celebrations to mark the 147th birthday of Swami Vivekananda. The two were bundled into a waiting car which sped off immediately.
Search was launched when the school teacher accompanying the boys filed a complaint with the police, who traced the car at Uttarpara in Hoogly district and rescued the boys unharmed. Four persons in the car were arrested.
Singh said Satyajit was kidnapped as he had not returned Rs 2600 to a person named Bankim Ghosh, in whose long-distance bus he had worked as a helper for only three days in December. Ghosh managed to get in touch with the boy over Raju's cellphone under the guise of a customer wanting to rent a bus and kidnapped him.
Ghosh was among the arrested, against whom a case of abduction has been filed by the police.