Karaya trader has been missing from Arunachal forest since April 5

Kolkata: A Kolkata-based trader who went missing from his residence in Karaya on April 5 was found in Arunachal Pradesh’s Lower Dibang Valley on Saturday morning. The valley is located 1,193 km from Kolkata and 568 km from Guwahati.

The trader, Noor Alam alias Munna, was tracked to a forest hut in the middle of dense forest closer to the international borders. Additional CP (I) Murlidhar Sharma confirmed that he was safe.

The search marks the culmination of a special operation by the Anti-Rowdy Section of the Criminal Investigation Department since Noor’s family received a ransom of Rs 1 crore. Police have arrested Rakesh Singh, an aide of Noor, who had previously worked in the Northeast. An investigator said more arrests are likely.

According to police, Noor went to Dibrugarh airport from Kolkata on April 5, the same day he went missing from Tiljala Road. According to the trader, Singh and one Kumar had come to receive him here. Noor was then taken to a hotel in Paltan Bazar. A meeting was organized with the people with whom Noor had reportedly recently had a transaction of Rs 70 lakh with a promise to double the money. During the meeting, it was decided that the party will pay RTGS worth Rs 2 crore and Rakesh and Kumar will give them another Rs 5 crore in cash. Accordingly, Noor Alam came to Arunachal Pradesh with the accused on April 6 and transferred Rs 2 crore. However, Rs 1 crore was refunded to the suspect’s account. When Rakesh and Kumar did not return with the promised money, Noor was held captive.

“Arunachal Pradesh Police helped a lot in this investigation, especially SP Akanksha Yadav from Lower Bimang Valley, who assigned a special team. It took us a few days to find out where they were hiding,” said an officer. The police team is expected to return to Calcutta within a few days.

Initially fearful after receiving ransom calls, the family kept the matter secret. But a few days ago, they were forced to file a complaint at the Karaya Police Station when they realized that the kidnappers were not ready for negotiations.

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Based on the complaint, the police had registered a case against an unknown group of criminals under various non-bailable sections such as kidnapping (365), extortion (387), wrongful confinement (368) and criminal conspiracy (120B). After examining CCTV footage from the area around his home and tracking the location of the mobile phone used to demand the ransom, Noor had “moved to the north-east of his own free will”.

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