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Joint operation launched to trace Assam official
Published on 18 Oct. 2009 10:34 PM IST
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A combined search operation has been launched to rescue the senior official working on the East-West corridor project who was abducted by suspected anti-talks faction of the NDFB at gunpoint. The superintendent of police, Kokrajhar, P.K. Dutta, said an operation by a joint team of police, army and the CRPF was being carried out to rescue P. Krishna Rao. He said though it was difficult to find out the identity of the organisation or group behind the abduction, “NDFB is the prime suspect”. Rao, a project manager of Gayatri-East Coast Insulation (Gayatri ECI), was supervising work on the East-West corridor project at Karigaon Joypur in Kokrajhar when he was whisked away by five motor-cycle-borne youths. The militants also fired three rounds in the air when the workers at the construction site tried to resist them. The kidnappers fled north along National Highway 31C that leads to the Bhutan border through the dense Ripu-Chirang forest. Rao, who hails from Krishna district in Andhra Pradesh, is a diabetes patient with high blood pressure. He has been living at Kajalgaon in Chirang with his wife and two children for the past three years. In July last year, three officials, including an engineer, a contractor and a mason of the company, were abducted. They were, however, released after the company reportedly paid the ransom amount demanded by a militant group. The officials of the construction firm are undecided over the next course of action and are praying for Rao’s safe release. “We are yet to decide our next course of action. The higher authorities in Delhi have been apprised of the incident,” the deputy general manager of the Gayatri ECI (JV), S.N. Raju, told this correspondent over phone. Gayatri ECI (JV) has undertaken the National Highways Authority of India project for construction of a four-lane highway from Kachugaon in Kokrajhar to Rakhaldubi in Bongaigaon district, covering 63 km.

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