NDFB demands Rs 20 crore ransom for release of NHPC GM

Banned outfit NDFB demanded a ransom of Rs 20 crore for the release of the abducted General Manager of an NHPC project in Arunachal Pradesh.

Updated: Sep 27, 2013, 00:04 AM IST

Tezpur: Banned outfit NDFB on Thursday demanded a ransom of Rs 20 crore for the release of the abducted General Manager of an NHPC project in Arunachal Pradesh.

NDFB(S) has sent a mail to the Chief Manager of NHPC seeking a ransom Rs 20 crore for the release of Anil Kumar Agarwal, the GM of an NHPC project in Tawang.

Agarwal has remained untraceable for the last five days.

NDFB Publicity Secretary B Ferenga said in the mail that Agarwal is in their custody.
"We demand Rs 20 crore without any delay for his release," he said.

Assam police in association with its counterparts in Arunachal Pradesh is planning a move to rescue Agarwal.

"We will start a joint operation with a special police team from Arunachal Pradesh near the state border in search of Agarwal," DG of Assam Police (Law and Order), AP Rout, said.

"A joint operation will be started, especially in West Kameng district near Bhalukpung, from tomorrow in which the Indian Reserve Battalion will take part," he said.
Repeated phone calls to NHPC Director (Personnel) Radheshyam Mina remained unanswered.

So far, three persons have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping on September 21.

Five persons, including a female, were detained by police on the suspicion of giving shelter to the kidnappers.

Four motorbikes were used during the kidnapping on Saturday night by six suspected NDFB insurgents. Three of those bikes have been recovered.

As per police sources, Agarwal was coming from Tawang to Guwahati when he was kidnapped from Charduar area after crossing the inner line gate at Bhalukpung.

Agarwal, who hails from Faridabad in Haryana, has been posted at Tawang for a year now. There are two hydro-electric power projects in Tawang ? Chu-I and Chu?II. Agarwal is General Manager of Chu-I.

Meanwhile, speaking to reporters in New Delhi, Power Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said: "I am very sad about the unfortunate incident of Agarwal`s kidnapping. I have spoken to the Home Minister and to the Assam Chief Minister (about the matter).

"Government is working very carefully on this issue, keeping in mind Agarwal`s safety," he said.

"We have got to know about some people who were involved in the abduction. Now it depends on the Home Ministry and the state government to secure his safe release," Scindia said.