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Abducted official ‘safe’: Police
Correspondent WILLIAMNAGAR/SHILLONG, OCT 6:
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Published on 7 Oct. 2010 12:59 AM IST
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The abducted Meghalaya transport official and his driver are still in the captivity of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA), police said even as the militant outfit stated the captives would be released soon.
Five armed GNLA rebels kidnapped R. Syngkon, the district transport officer of East Garo Hills district, and his driver from his official residence in Williamnagar in western part of Meghalaya on September 30 night. “The operations to rescue the abducted persons are on. They (abducted persons) are very much inside the state and are safe,” additional director general of police (Special Branch), SK Jain said. Jain said the police were making all efforts at all levels to secure their safe release at their earliest.
An additional platoon of Meghalaya Police battalion along with Central Reserve Police Force personnel have been pressed into service to assist the police and special operation team in their rescue operation. 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.
Meanwhile, the tribal Garo militant outfit, which operates mainly in backward Garo Hills region of Meghalaya, claimed responsibility of kidnapping the transport official and the driver. “The reason for the abduction of the DTO is because he has crossed his limit of corruption,” Sohan D Shira, the chief of the GNLA’s military was quoted as saying by a local English daily.
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 him unharmed.’
“It’s just a matter of time now for the GNLA to release the official. Public pressure is mounting on them and the police are behind their back,” East Garo Hills District Deputy Commissioner, P Bakshi said.
The GNLA, which is fighting for a sovereign Garoland in the western Meghalaya, has 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).

 
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