Bank official kidnapped in Madhya Pradesh

September 16th, 2008 - 11:56 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhopal, Sep 16 (IANS) An official of the State Bank of India (SBI) posted in Madhya Pradesh’s Datia district has been kidnapped by suspected dacoits, police said Tuesday. “Shyam Bihari Gupta, posted as deputy manager in Bhander branch of the bank, was kidnapped at around 7 p.m. Monday when he was returning home from the bank,” Datia Police Superintendant Manohar Singh told IANS over the telephone.

“We suspect dacoits - Komal Katare and Jabbar Singh - have kidnapped the bank official. Both have been involved in a number of kidnappings in the past and carry rewards of Rs.10,000 and Rs.25,000 on their heads respectively,” the official added.

The police later found Gupta’s motorcycle lying abandoned in a deserted area. A search has been launched in nearby areas, the official said.

“There has been no ransom call so far,” Singh said.

On Sunday, a gang of dacoits had released Satish Upadhyaya, a cloth seller of Agra, who was kidnapped two months ago. They are said to have received Rs.600,000 as ransom, police sources said.

Upadhyaya, a resident of Tajganj locality of Agra, was kidnapped by dacoit Rajendra Gurjar of Rajasthan, who carries a reward of Rs.15,000 on his head. Upadhyaya was reportedly kept captive in the forests of Morena and Dholpur.

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