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Vegetable vendor released
Staff Reporter Dimapur, Jan 23 (NPN):
Published on 24 Jan. 2011 12:55 AM IST
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Four days after the kidnap, the 39-year-old, physically challenged vegetable trader, abducted by car borne miscreants on January 19 was released unharmed Saturday night around 8 pm near Rangapahar area. The victim, Jiyalal Prasad was kidnapped by three unidentified miscreants in a maruti car at Dhobi Nala, January 19 morning.
Prasad told media persons Sunday afternoon in Murgipatty that he took a tempo and reached home. His kidnapping led vegetable wholesalers and retailers close business in protest, resulting in acute shortage and upward spiral in prices of vegetables in Dimapur.
Prasad said he was confined in an unknown location and kept blindfolded and hands tied. He also revealed that a ransom of Rs.20 lakh was demanded by the kidnappers but denied any deal for his release.
Prasad said he was not ill-treated and ate meals with hands untied but blindfolded.
Murgipatty House Owners Union general secretary Nihoto Sumi expressed happiness at the release of Prasad. He said businessmen in Dimapur were apprehensive about safety and warned of total closure if further kidnap took place.
He alleged that frequent kidnaps were due to the weakness of administration and improper policing in Dimapur.
Meanwhile, in a press release Dimapur Police said it had narrowed the radius where the victim held after vigorous search in places in and around Chumukedima area, through deployment of plain cloth SoT team and Special Branch personnel.
On sensing the activity of the police and fearing being caught, the victim was released unharmed without any ransom being paid for the release, police said. Police also added that they have zeroed some possible suspects and efforts are on to nab them.

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