Facing threats over pending dues, son hands over father to drug dealer for ransom in West Bengal

Berhampore, Sep 12: Facing life threats to pay up the money he owed for a heroin consignment, a 25-year-old man in a village in West Bengal’s Murshidabad handed his father to the narcotics dealer to extract ransom, police said.
The incident took place in Ganeshpur village, about 270 km to the north of Kolkata. Though officers of Lalgola police station in Murshidabad managed to rescue abducted Motiur Rahaman (45) on the night of September 7, his son Senjarul Sheikh is on the run. According to locals, Senjarul Sheikh, who is associated with peddling heroin for a long time, took a consignment from Mahasin Sheikh, a resident of Baishnabnagar in the neighbouring Malda district about six months ago. He was supposed to pay Rs 4.5 lakh for the drug, but could not pay up. After ducking payment for a few months, Senjarul Sheikh got life threats from the network. Then he allegedly hatched a plan to “pawn” his father and extract ransom to pay off the drug dealers. Accordingly, in the last week of August, he took his father to Baishnabnagar in the pretext of filling up a form to build a mosque in his native village and handed him over to the members of the racket.