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Odisha MLA’s relatives charged with abduction


Bolangir: Three relatives of Kantabaji MLA Ayub Khan have been accused of abducting two contractors and demanding ransom from them in Bolangir.

As per a written complaint filed with the Bolangir Superintendent of Police, contractor brothers from Lathor village—Nilesh Agarwal and Akash Agarwal, had come to Bolangir’s MI office at around 11 am today for some paper work of a particular project.

Subsequently, they were abducted by a few men including the relatives of the MLA in a car and taken through Patnagarh and Titlagarh road, the complaint report added.

However, the contractor brothers were released after they promised to pay Rs 2 lakh to the abductors.

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“Ijaz Khan, Chhotu Khan and Bunty Khan, who are relatives of MLA Ayub Khan, and few other men kidnapped us today and demanded a ransom of Rs 7 lakh initially and later fixed Rs 2 lakh,” said Nilesh Agarwal.

Meanwhile, the Bolangir SDPO has assured to take action against the accused after a complete investigation.

“The brothers were abducted as there was some monetary dispute. They were later released after they assured to pay Rs 2 lakh to the abductors,” said Bolangir SDPO Prasant Kumar Patnaik.

On the other hand, the MLA said that he doesn’t know anything about the incident while his relatives are yet to respond.

“I have no idea about this incident. He could have been at loggerheads over some contractual project,” said MLA Ayub Khan.



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