Kidnapped Meghalaya official still untraced
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Last Updated: Saturday, October 02, 2010, 22:45
  
Shillong: Five security teams have been fanned out to trace a Meghalaya transport department official and his aide who were kidnapped by suspected Garo militants on Thursday night.

District Transport Officer of East Garo Hills R Syngkon and the aide posted at his official residence at Williamnagar, the district headquarter town, were kidnapped at gunpoint by armed militants of the Garo National Liberation Army who had earlier served an extortion demand of Rs 60 lakh to the officer.

Police have identified two hideouts of the militants and five teams are conducting combing operations in these areas, East Garo Hills deputy commissioner Pravin Bakshi said.

About five to seven militants of the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) were involved in the kidnapping.

While a group waited outside his residence, two of the militants armed with AK 47 rifles entered Syngkon's residence, threatened him and took him away in his official vehicle along with his ACC (the 'aide in accommodation' deputed at his official residence) Thursday night.

The vehicle was found abandoned at Dawegre, about 10 km from Williamnagar, yesterday morning.

Intelligence agencies have intercepted a message between top GNLA leader Sohan D Shira and the militants who kidnapped the officer communicating that the "mission was accomplished".

Police were receiving information from villagers who claimed to have spotted the militants and operations were being launched in the areas, sources said.

Bakshi said additional PSOs have been provided to senior officers in the district following the incident.

Last night, Transport Minister A T Mondal reviewed the situation with the DGP, officials of the Home and Transport Department.

The kidnapped officer had received a ransom demand of Rs 60 lakh from the GNLA, a nascent militant outfit formed by a deserter DSP of Meghalaya Police.

Many senior government officials, including SDOs and BDOs, in the state have been slapped extortion demands amounting to several lakhs by the outfit over the last few months, creating a fear psychosis in the Garo hills belt.

PTI


First Published: Saturday, October 02, 2010, 22:45


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