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Kidnapped VDC member rescued by Dimapur police
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, NOV 25 (NPN):
Published on 26 Nov. 2009 1:33 AM IST
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A Village Development Council (VDC) member of Bokajan was rescued by Dimapur police on Tuesday at around 10.30 pm from Borlingri after he was abducted from Dhobinala road on November 20. According to police sources, the victim identified as Phugalal Singh (50), came to Dimapur on November 20 to buy some winter clothing. As he was crossing the road near Dhobinala junction at around 10 a.m., four unidentified persons waylaid and abducted him at gunpoint. The victim was then blindfolded and bundled into a hard top gypsy (NL 03 0284) and taken to an unknown destination. Later the same evening, the abductors called up the victim’s wife and demanded Rs 50 lakhs as ransom money.After prolonged negotiations with the family, the amount was reduced to Rs 25 lakhs. Despite the reduced amount, the victim’s family could only manage to raise Rs.2 lakh. The victim’s family also lodged an FIR with Bokajan police, who referred the case to Dimapur East police station since the incident took place under the latter’s jurisdiction. Immediately on receipt of the report, the Dimapur Police swung into action advised that the ransom to be paid at Ghorapatti area on Tuesday night around 10 pm. On the appointed time, the abductors turned up in the same hard top gypsy and two of the abductors identified as ‘SS’ Major of NSCN (I-M) Langshe Khiam Shio (39) and Deepak Mech (36), who had gone to receive the amount were caught by the police but one of them managed to escape. The duo immediately spilled the beans on where the victim was being held captive. Police then dispatched a team to the spot and later rescued the kidnapped victim. Police also caught another accomplice found at the site, identified as Village Council Chairman (VCC) of Wui village, Tuensang, Echem Khiam (35). Police also recovered Rs 4000 in cash, two mobile handsets and the hard top gypsy from the possession of the abductors. Recounting the days under the captivity, the victim said that he was repeatedly assaulted with pistol butts and kicked by his abductors. He also said that the abductors were repeatedly threatening his family members over the phone. Meanwhile, OC East police station Ato Zümvü has expressed gratitude to Bharti Airtel for providing valuable inputs during the period of investigation.

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