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Abducted engineer untraced
Published on 21 Oct. 2009 1:01 AM IST
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: Assam police today said that Andhra Pradesh engineer P Krishna Rao was kidnapped by National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants and all possibilities are being explored to secure his release. “We have established that the kidnapping was the handiwork of anti-talk faction of NDFB. We are exploring all possibilities to get Rao released,” Kokrajhar superintendent of police P K Dutta said. Dutta, however, said he has no idea if the outfit has contacted the family members of Rao, who hails from Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, or about reports that his friends have arrived here from Hyderabad to negotiate his release. The 53-year old project manager with Gayatri PCI (JB) was kidnapped on October 16 by five heavily armed militants from a construction site on National Highway 31 at Joypur under Kokrajhar police station. Rao works as a project manager with a Hyderabad-based construction company. The company, promoted by T Subbrami Reddy, has been engaged by the National Highway Authority of India for the construction of a four-lane highway in lower Assam. Meanwhile, a special police team has been constituted to trace, P Krishna Rao, abducted by the NDFB suspected in Assam. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, K Rosaiah said he spoke to Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi expressing concern on the safety of P Krishna Rao. “I have spoken to Mr Gogoi yesterday. He assured me that he will set up a special team to trace Krishna Rao...I think they are doing it,” Rosaiah told reporters, according to ANI. The NDFB is among more than two dozen armed groups in northeast which are either fighting for an independent homeland or more political autonomy. They accuse New Delhi of plundering the region’s mineral and forest resources, neglecting the local economy and giving them back nothing in return. Meanwhile, an anchalika panchayat president was shot at and critical injured by two gunmen in lower Assam’s Nalbari district today. Madhupur anchalika panchayat president Rafique-uddin Ahammad was shot at from behind when he was travelling on a motor cycle to his home at around 7.15 pm, official sources said. The two assailants were waiting on a bicycle for Ahammad before they fired at

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