Pradip Khandelwal, a property broker with huge loans in the market, was allegedly kidnapped from Burrabazar area on Thursday afternoon.
Sources confirmed that Jorasanko police has started a case of kidnapping after Khandelwal informed his friend and his wife over mobile phone that he had been abducted by a gang of miscreants.
Police said that Khandelwal took his friend, Manick Nandy, a resident of Charu Market, to Burrabazar to arrange a loan for him. After nearing Bangur Building on Mahatma Gandhi Road, he reportedly asked Nandy to wait outside the building.
“Khandelwal disappeared. Nandy waited for some time. After half an hour, Khandelwal called him up and said he had been kidnapped. He also said he was being taken to an undisclosed location in an ambulance,” said an officer of Jorasanko police station.
Nandy returned home. Meanwhile, Khandelwal’s wife also received a call from him. She told the police that Khandelwal said he was being taken to Kanchrapara. She did not, however, hear any noise or car horn over the mobile. After the wife informed the police about the abduction, the anti-rowdy section (ARS) of the detective department was pressed into action.
“We have checked his tower location. He was in the Mahatma Gandhi Road area when he had called up Nandy and his wife. Later, his phone was switched off,” said an officer of ARS. After talking to Khandelwal’s wife and Nandy, the police found that he had huge loans in the market. He had taken R5 lakh as a loan from Nandy.
Sources said the police examined the spot from where the broker was allegedly kidnapped. But neither the shop owners nor any of the locals could shed any light on how he was kidnapped.