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Abducted transport official still untraced
Correspondent SHILLONG, OCT 20:
Published on 20 Oct. 2010 11:23 PM IST
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Twenty-one days have passed, but there has been no clue of the transport officer who was kidnapped by Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) rebels in Meghalaya, home minister H.D.R. Lyngdoh said Wednesday.
On Sep 30, five armed GNLA rebels kidnapped Rominus Syngkon, district transport officer (DTO) of East Garo Hills district, and his driver from his official residence in Williamnagar in western part of Meghalaya.“The police have not been able to trace the abducted official as he is being kept in a dense forest which is not easy for the police track him down,” Lyngdoh said.
Nonetheless, he said the police are leaving no stone unturned to secure the safe release of the official and his driver.
“Our inputs suggest that the official is safe and is being held captive inside Meghalaya,” the Home Minister informed.
The GNLA, headed by police officer-turned-rogue Champion R. Sangma, had earlier sent extortion demands of Rs.60 lakh to Syngkon through mobile text messages.
However, Syngkon did not comply with the demand.
“The reason for the abduction of the officer is that he crossed the limit of corruption,” Sohan D. Shira, chief of the GNLA’s military, was earlier quoted in a local English daily as saying.
Shira, however, said that “the outfit kidnapped the DTO not to kill but to teach him a lesson by using force”. He also assured that the official would be “released unharmed”.
‘Intensive combing operations are on and we are putting all efforts to rescue them, “ Sylvester Nongtynger, the police chief of the district said.
The GNLA, which is fighting for a sovereign Garoland in western Meghalaya, is believed to have links with the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Isak-Muivah), the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).
Meghalaya’s outlawed Garo militant outfit, ANVC Oct 7 had offered its assistance to police in rescuing a transport official.
“We are ready to assist the state police in their operation to rescue the official if the government seeks our help,” ANVC spokesperson had said.

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