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Virgo Cement paid ransom for release of its officials
Correspondent WILLIAMNAGAR, AUG 31:
Published on 31 Aug. 2009 11:30 PM IST
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A ransom amount of Rs 10 to Rs 15 lakh was paid for the release of two Virgo cement plants officials, who were abducted by Viper Army of Rabha Hasong (VARH) militias, official sources said today. On Saturday night, the VARH militias freed Virgo Cement Plant Manager Sambu Danuka and Chief Engineer P K Hore at Rongjuli in Assam’s Goalpara district. The VARH, which operates in Meghalaya-Assam border, was formed with the help of the banned ULFA. Sources close to Virgo Cement authorities claimed that an amount of Rs 10 to Rs 15 lakh was paid to secure the safe release of the two hostages. The two cement officials were taken hostages on August 21 from Meghalaya-Assam border in East Garo Hills. The ultras, however, released Nirmal Rabha, the driver, before taking over the vehicle with the Virgo cement officials and speeding away towards the dense jungle of Garo Hills. “We are enquiring into this, but the plant (cement) authorities are not revealing how much ransom money was paid for liberation of their two officials,” Meghalaya Director General of Police B Kezo said. He, however, strongly felt that the Virgo cement paid ransom amount. “They have been released, because ransom was paid to the hostage takers,” Kezo said. Though, the ULFA has denied its role in the abduction, police officials said that investigation has clearly pointed its finger on the ULFA in the abduction of Danuka and Hore. “ULFA may deny, but our investigation pointed the involvement of both the ULFA and Rabha army,” he said.

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