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Doc kidnapped, rescued

AN ASPIRING politician executed the kidnapping of a city doctor in Bollywood style to get a party ticket for municipal elections. But quick reaction by the police poured cold water on his plannings.Dr Jaideep Sarkar, assistant professor in Era Medical College and son of doctor AR Sarkar, retired professor from KGMU, was kidnapped by a group of miscreants on Saturday night while he was on his way home.

india Updated: Jan 23, 2006 00:56 IST

AN ASPIRING politician executed the kidnapping of a city doctor in Bollywood style to get a party ticket for municipal elections. But quick reaction by the police poured cold water on his plannings.

Dr Jaideep Sarkar, assistant professor in Era Medical College and son of doctor AR Sarkar, retired professor from KGMU, was kidnapped by a group of miscreants on Saturday night while he was on his way home. A Bolero jeep intercepted his car near Chandralok. He was then taken on gunpoint.

But it was not their day. A police constable Rudra Narain Upadhyaya, who saw a man being dragged into a jeep by some people, was able to note down the jeep number UP35E- 9415. He was even able to recognize one of the kidnappers.

Rudra informed the police about the matter. Senior superintendent of police Asutosh Pandey, circle officer Aliganj Shachi Ghildiyal reached the spot immediately. They formed a team comprising SO Aliganj KP Singh,
in charge police post Rakesh, sub inspector Sanjay Kumar Singh and eight other members to track down the kidnappers.

Constable Rudra was able to identify a former medical representative, a resident of P&T Colony Aliganj, Ramakant Bhatnagar, who was accompanying the kidnappers. The police was then on their job. First they arrested Bhatnagar, which led to the arrest of the kidnappers. Two others are, however, yet to be arrested.

Dr Jaideep Sarkar was the family doctor of Bhatnagar and he was a regular visitor to his clinic. Bhatnagar lost his job two years back and was in a poor financial condition.

His friend Romil Srivastava, resident of sector C Rajajipuram and also a former medical representative, introduced him to a BSP leader, resident of Napier road, Mohammed Sajid Ghazi alias Raja, Ahsutosh Rana ‘Ashu’, Naved, Rashid, driver of jeep Jagjivanram alias Jivan and his helper Sarvesh Gupta, who planned the kidnapping of Dr Sarkar.

Raja wanted to fight the municipal corporation elections on the BSP ticket from Mallahitola ward number 39. He was allegedly asked to pay a handsome amount for securing the ticket by the district president of the party. The greed of becoming a politician forced Raja to go for the kidnapping. His friends supported him in his act.

They studied Dr Sarkar’s activities carefully. They made four kidnapping attempts in the past but they failed. Jagjivan had driven the vehicle for them each the kidnapping attempts were made.

After the kidnapping, Dr Sarkar’s hands, legs were tied and the kidnappers put tape on the doctor’s mouth. The kidnappers kept on calling up someone from their mobile about the kidnapping. According to Dr Sarkar, the kidnappers wanted to demand a ransom of Rs 5 crore.

Dr Sarkar was kept in the cowshed in the house of home guard Sajivan Lal in village Bhavakhera in Malihabad.

First Published: Jan 23, 2006 00:33 IST