Suspected Maoists have abducted an intelligence officer and a school teacher in West Bengal’s Purulia district, the police said on Saturday.
Partha Biswas (35), an officer with the state Intelligence Branch and Soumyajit Basu (33), a high school teacher in Hooghly district, were abducted from the southwestern district’s Ayodhya Hills on Friday night.
The reason for their abduction is not clear yet. But the police said Biswas and Basu were both involved with a non-governmental organisation (NGO) working on wildlife conservation.
“We have come to know that they were involved with an NGO. However, we are also verifying whether they went there on any other purpose,” chief secretary Samar Ghosh said.
The police said Biswas was not on duty and was on leave when he went to Purulia.
Basu’s family members reportedly received a call from his mobile phone around midnight on Friday.
His phone has been untraceable since the last call.
His family has appealed to the rebels to free him, as he was innocent. CID officials are also speaking to Biswas’s wife, Barnali, to get more information about his whereabouts.