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Traders set to turn heat on police, admn

india Updated: Nov 15, 2006 00:10 IST

Trading community in city is seething  with anger and is planning to turn the heat on the police and the administration for its failure to find the abducted youth Neeraj Agrawal despite lapse of 72 hours since the incident.

They have decided to meet the DM and hand over a memorandum to him on November 15,  before embarking on their call for Allahabad band on November 16.

A delegation of traders might even go to Lucknow and meet the CM and lodge their protest.

Police sources admit the pressure on them was from several quarters. superintendent of police (SP) Trans-Yamuna Deepak Bhat said, they have got some leads and were working on it. However the kidnapping of Neeraj Agrawal appears to be taking the course of abduction of the father of Samajwadi Party leader Shyama Charan Gupta.

When Gupta's father was abducted more than a year ago along with his driver the speculations were rife about the involvement of dacoit gangs operating in the Bundelkhand region. Police too initially had pointed its finger at Dadua and Thokia gangs.

However, later, a criminal gang from Bihar turned out to be the architect of this case.

In Neeraj Agrawal's case also cops have now started talking on the same lines.
Insiders now were saying that they do not rule out the possibility of the involvement of a local criminal gang.

Sources said, police attention is reported to have been turned into this direction after their failure to reach any conclusion following  massive combing launched in the jungles of Bara and Ghurpur areas.

They also drew a blank after several raids in some neighbouring districts.
To recall, Neeraj, an engineer who is in the highway contract business had been abducted on Saturday from near Bara while he was coming back to the city in his van along with his driver and two staff members.

A white Marshall jeep is reported to have overtaken his vehicle and blocked the road. Some armed miscreants who jumped out of the Jeep took Neeraj away in his vehicle which was later found abandoned near Jasra.

On the other hand Neeraj's family members are undergoing probably the worst phase in their lives.

They are also upset with the rumour doing rounds in Bara and Shankargarh that the gang had made an attempt to contact the family for ransom.

'We have been sitting near the phone since Saturday night hoping for a call but there had been none', said Vijay Agrawal, the youngest uncle.

Four days of continuous trauma has sapped our energy. We are heart broken and praying to the Almighty for safe return of their son, he added with remorse.