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Four ‘kidnapped’ bank staffs return safe

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Agartala, December 1, 2017: Kidnappers freed unharmed four employees of the Tripura Gramin Bank at a desolate location in south Tripura on Friday. The release however failed to solve the mystery of their alleged kidnapping at Taidu in Gomati district on November 24. 

Earlier police found their vehicle and two wheeler parked abandoned at two locations in Dhalai district.   

Tanmoy Bhattacharjee, 31, branch manager of the bank at Taidu in Gomati district, and two assistant managers Raktim Bhowmik, 28 and Sujit Dey, 28 besides office assistant Subrata Debbarma, 35, were kidnapped on their way back home after office duty.

Director General of Police A.K. Shukla and other senior officials supervised search operation, but yielded nothing.

Main opposition BJP had set a 24 hours deadline for the government to ensure safe return of the employees.

All four employees did not detail anything except that they were kept in a forest location blindfolded and chained.

Tripura Gramin Bank is one of two state run banks which have banking operation even in remote areas. State financial matters and salaries-wages of state government employees were carried out through these banks.

Disappearance of four bank personnel reminded days of insurgency in Tripura where kidnapping and holding people to ransom was a regular phenomenon. However no extremist related abduction reported over a decade.