KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today ordered a CID probe into a case of a journalist who went missing.
"On July 28, an incident had occurred. After that we had made arrests," Banerjee told reporters at the state secretariat Nabanna here.
"The IGP, North Bengal Gyanwant Singh has been sent there. I have also asked the CID to inquire into the matter," she said, adding, "We want the truth to come out. The police will investigate in detail."
The reporter of a Bengali daily was missing from his home in Alipurduar district since yesterday after eight persons, earlier named by him in an FIR for issuing threats for writing a college admission bribery story, were arrested.
A top police officer said today a manhunt has been launched to trace Chayan Sarkar, a reporter of Uttarbanga Sangbad, who went missing since 9 AM yesterday from near his home in Alipurduar town.
Sarkar's note book, scooter and purse were found lying at a spot, the officer said, assuring the agitating press corp of Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri districts about all efforts to track him.
The Alipurduar and Jalpaiguri Press Club members alleged Sarkar was kidnapped by the group which was involved in an admission racket in a college in Alipurduar district and he earned their wrath after filing an investigative report in the largely circulated daily in North Bengal, which "exposed" how cash was being demanded from the candidates and guardians for admission.
As he had lodged an FIR after publication of the news on July 28 about getting life threats and named eight persons, the eight accused were subsequently arrested from Alipurduar yesterday, the officer said.
Though the circumstances leading to the scribe's whereabouts remained unclear after the arrests, sleuths were hopeful about finding him soon, he added.
Meanwhile, members of Jalpaiguri Press Club and Alipurduar Press Club marched to the SP's offices in the two districts wearing black ribbons while family members of the young journalist blocked the arterial road in Alipurduar area demanding he be traced immediately.