Swathi to testify in Khadim boss kidnapping case

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Kolkata: Swathi Pal, the key witness in the abduction of Khadim boss Partha Roy Burman case will testify before the Alipur court on Jun 9 and 10, said prosecution lawyer, Naba Kumar Ghosh on Tuesday.

A summon has already been sent to Swathi to appear before the court. Burman was kidnapped on July 25, 2001, by five armed men from near his company’s factory at C N Roy Road in Tiljala in the south-eastern outskirts of the city at around 11:00 am.

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Burman was travelling in a Tata Safari MUV, when the kidnappers blocked his car’s way with a Maruti van and forced him into their vehicle. Burman was wounded in the arm from a shot fired at him by one of the abductors when he tried to resist.

The driver of Burman’s vehicle had been arrested on the night of the kidnapping. Burman had been taken to a safe house in Haroa in North 24 Parganas district near the Bangladesh border, where he was treated for his injury by the abductors.

He was confined there as Ansari, the mastermind negotiated with the Burman family for the ransom, which was reportedly paid in Hyderabad. Burman was released after eight days and left on a road in Dum Dum area, several kilometres away from his Salt Lake residence.

Ansari was arrested at Dubai airport shortly before he was to fly to Islamabad and was deported to India in February 2002.

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