In Photo: File photo of a rally by Siliguri Journalists’ Club members demanding Chayan Sarkar’s rescue.
By A Newsman
Siliguri, 9 August: CHAYAN Sarkar, the journalist of Siliguri based Bengali daily Uttarbanga Sambad, had disappeared due to family feud and he was not abducted by anyone, Bengal Criminal Investigation Department said on Saturday.
Sarkar, who resurfaced at the Alipurduar police station on Friday night, was brought to Siliguri today and was produced at a Press conference convened by the CID. He had disappeared from Alipurduar on 2 August close on the heels of a threat by local Trinamul student wing leaders for writing a news report critical of them.
Sunil Yadav, CID’s acting special superintendent for north Bengal told reporters that Sarkar left his home on 2 August and reached Guwhati by boarding the Up Kanchenjunga Express from Kamakhyaguri station located on the Assam border.
To mislead others, he left his motor bike abandoned at Salsalabari off Alipurduar town and also left a wallet with his identity card inside. Sarkar spent the past five days roaming about Guwahati with only Rs 1,800 in his pocket and on exhausting the money, he returned to New Cooch Behar by a train on Friday, CID officials maintained.
The CID on Saturday produced Sarkar at the Alipurduar court where he gave a closed-door deposition and was then again taken to Alipurduar police station before he was allowed to go home with his family members.
Sarkar verified the CID’s version saying that he had indeed left home “owing to personal reasons.”