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Missing CAL secy: Lucknow police begin investigation

FOLLOWING PRESSURE from top government officials, the Lucknow police, too, initiated investigation into the case of leading city timber merchant and Cricket Association of Lucknow secretary Khaliq Mukhtar Khan?s kidnapping.

india Updated: Jan 10, 2006 01:30 IST

FOLLOWING PRESSURE from top government officials, the Lucknow police, too, initiated investigation into the case of leading city timber merchant and Cricket Association of Lucknow secretary Khaliq Mukhtar Khan’s kidnapping.

The Varanasi police and the special task force (STF) sleuths are already engaged in the probe while the Lucknow police had tried to transfer the investigation to the Varanasi police earlier.

Separate teams from the Varanasi police and the STF were camping in Gorakhpur and Chandauli and also in Bihar to trace the victim. On Monday, the Lucknow police collected over two dozen photographs of the criminals of eastern UP active in the kidnapping trade. The photographs were being shown to Khan’s kin and other timber merchants whom the two suspects Shashikant and Ashish Ranjan had met posing as NTPC engineers.

Sources in the Varanasi police revealed that the investigation so far indicated that Khan was kidnapped by one gang and handed over to another gang later.

The duo, who had lured Khan for the NTPC contract and had received the latter at Varanasi railway station probably belong to Mirzapur district. The duo was merely assigned the job to lure Khan and call him up to Varanasi.

The duo succeeded in drawing the target into the trap without applying any force. The investigation also indicated that the kidnappers were aware about the police action and, therefore, were waiting for an appropriate moment to make a ransom call. The cops, however, had engaged their informers, too, to collect clues leading to the kidnappers.

First Published: Jan 10, 2006 01:30 IST