Indians from Bihar are shocked and worried over the rising
incidents of kidnapping in the state as the fear of abductions
once again returns to haunt the people.
Many NRI's expressed their anguish four days after Neelesh Kumar
Seth, a businessman, was abducted in Bihar's Banka district last
week. His brother Sanjeev Kumar, based in California, appealed to
the abductors to free him after police failed to make any
"I appeal to the abductors to release my brother," Sanjeev Kumar
said in an e-mail to mediapersons here.
He said he has also approached top police officials and the media
via telephone for his brother's safe recovery.
Neelesh Kumar Seth, who runs a jewellery business, was kidnapped
at gunpoint by unidentified men in Banka Wednesday evening while
he was on his way to Deogarh in neighbouring Jharkhand, an
Police suspect that he was abducted for ransom. But the family has
not yet received any ransom call, the official added.
Piyush Behari Lal, another NRI from Bihar, also expressed his
"It's pathetic to see crimes and abductions rising in Bihar again.
I am worried because I too am planning to return from the United
States and start my research lab in Bihar, which will help
underprivileged talented students," he said in an e-mail to
"But these criminal acts force me to think again. I now wonder if
it would be wise to return to a place of criminals, even though it
is my home. Will I too be abducted," Lal asked.
Sharad, another US-based Indian, said it was shocking to read
about the increasing incidents of kidnapping in Bihar.
"I am with Sanjeev and many like him who are facing this moment of
crisis. I sincerely urge local media to put pressure on the Bihar
government to come out of its election victory hangover and start
working towards the safety of its pople," Sharad said in an
Ejaz Ahmad, who is based in Dubai, also joined the chorus of shock
and anger from overseas.
"It looks as if Chief Minister Nitish Kumar acted on abduction
cases only for a few months before his election. Now that he won
the election in a big way he has no time to look into all this
lawlesslessness and abductions. It again proves that Bihar is not
going to improve, no matter who comes into power. At the end of
the day, all politicians are same," Ahmad said in his message.
Another NRI based in the US, Rajesh K. Illango, said that the
situation is very unfortunate. "The worst for those of us on the
other side of the globe is the helplessness. I hope Neeraj returns
without a scratch. His safe release will definitely improve the
image of Bihar and the administration of Nitish Kumar," he said
During the last one month, more than a dozen cases of kidnapping
have been reported across the state.
The fresh abduction spree is giving sleepless nights to parents,
teachers and school authorities as several abducted schoolboys
were killed during the last four years.
The news of the killing of schoolboy Amarjeet Kumar and other
abducted people, including Rajiv Singh in the last few weeks has
created panic. Nearly two weeks after his abduction, police last
week recovered the body of Rajiv Singh, husband of Khushbu Devi of
Dumra block under Sitamarhi district.
Rajiv was abducted Dec 17 and two days later the kidnappers rang
up his wife to inform that, unlike in the case of her son, she
would not be able to see even the body of her husband.
In January 2009, Rajiv's son Amandeep was kidnapped and later
Additional Director General of Police P.K. Thakur admitted that
the police was worried over a sudden spurt in cases of kidnapping
in the state.
Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had claimed during the poll campaign
that kidnappings had come down drastically during his rule.