Itanagar: Arunachal Pradesh Police was
about to conduct a raid to rescue Maharashtra forest officer
Vishal Bardekar, who was held hostage by militants for 82 days
in a forest, but was stopped by the Centre as it could
endanger his life, Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu said Monday.
"We were about to conduct a raid when my Maharashtra
counterpart Ashok Chavan and the Centre asked me not to go
for it as it may endanger Bardekar`s life," Khandu said
addressing a press conference.
Vilas Bardekar, Joint Director of Social Forestry
in Maharashtra, was kidnapped allegedly by Bodo militants on
May 12 from Kamengbari forest in Arunachal`s West Kameng
district while he was on a private visit to study a butterfly
species. He was released on August 1 at Dhekiajuli in Assam.
The CM said he cannot say if ransom was
paid by the family members of Bardekar to the kidnappers
before his release, but he was told that negotiations were
The Chief Minister said that ever since the officer
was kidnapped, he was constantly monitoring the progress of
the joint rescue operation launched by the Army and the Assam
and Arunachal police. The kidnappers` hideout was located and
Bardekar`s mobile was tracked.
Khandu expressed unhappiness over the alleged
"unpreparedness" of the jawans of the India Reserve Battalion.