AGARTALA, Dec 3 - Nine miscreants were arrested in connection with the kidnapping of four employees of Tripura Gramin Bank and Rs 38 lakh were recovered from them, police said today, reports PTI.
Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP), Gomati district, Nabadwip Jamatiya, said all nine were arrested last night from Krishnanagar area of the State capital and Mungiakami area of Khowai district.
�The miscreants had initially demanded a ransom of Rs 65 lakh but set all four of them free after receiving Rs 50 lakh. During last night�s raid, Rs 38 lakh was recovered from them,� Jamatiya said.
The four employees � branch manager Tanmoy Bhattacharya (30), assistant manager Sujit Dey (28) and staffers Raktim Bhowmick (31) and Subrata Debbarma (32) � were returning home after work when they were kidnapped at Taidu in Gomati district on November 25.
They were released near Manik Bazar in Teliamura sub-division of Khowai district around 7 am on December 1, the ASP said.
Recounting his days in captivity, the banker said the kidnappers were confident they would eventually get the ransom.
�They assaulted me and Tanmoy before kidnapping us. We were forced to walk miles through jungles and were even chained to trees,� Raktim said.
The kidnappers shifted their hideouts every day, he said. �Even the food and water served to us were contaminated,� Raktim added.
Our Correspondent adds: The body of a BJP mandal member was recovered at Raibari under Killa police station of Gomati district on Thursday.
The deceased was identified as Gourhari Molsom of Raibari village under Jampaijala RD Block, police said.
The 42-year old man went to his shop at Atharabhola on Wednesday morning as usual but did not return. On Thursday morning, villagers found a body lying at a place, barely one and half km from his house and informed the police.
A police team rushed to the spot and recovered the body and sent it to Gomati district hospital for autopsy. �It appeared that he was shot dead with a country-made gun but it is subject to verification�, said police.
�It is not confirmed if the murder is political motivated�, they said adding that no arrest has been made so far.