Abducted IB inspector's wife appeals to Maoists

"I appeal to Maoists through the media to verify the background of my husband and release him," Biswas's wife Barnali told reporters at the Purulia superintendent of police's office.

She pleaded that though her husband was an intelligence branch inspector, he had not gone to Purulia to gather information about the Maoists, but to work for tribal villagers which he had been doing for a long time.

"He is the only earning member of the family and we have not been able to establish any contact with him for the last seven days," Barnali said. Swachhotaya, the wife of Biswas' school teacher friend, Soumajit Basu, who was also kidnapped on October 23, met Director General of Police Naparajita Mukherjee and ADG (Law and Order) Surojit Kar Purokayastha in Kolkata, and appealed to them to take steps for the safe release of her husband.

"We appealed to the them to help so that my husband and his friend can return home safely. The DGP has assured that the government is doing everything possible," she said at Writers' Buildings after the meeting.

Inspector General of police (Western Range) Zulfikar Hassan meanwhile said, "The Maoists have not communicated with us or family members. We are trying our best to rescue the two."

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