Search operation intensified for release of WWF volunteers

Kokrajhar: The three WWF volunteers are still in the captivity of their abductors and security forces have intensified search operations in this Assam district for their safe release, police said on Wednesday.

"The security forces have intensified search operation and police have been mounting pressure on the extremist group involved in the abduction of WWF volunteers from Ultapani on Sunday to release them," SP P K Dutta said here.

Six WWF volunteers were abducted from Ultapani on Sunday and of them, three women were freed by the abductors yesterday.

The three women volunteers have been safely handed over to their families, Dutta said.

Yesterday, Dutta said that the anti-talk faction of NDFB was responsible for the kidnapping of the volunteers who were engaged in census of tigers and elephants inside the Manas Tiger reserve, a world heritage site.

The three still in captivity are Syed Naushad Zaman of Golaghat, Gautam Kishore Sarma of Guwahati and Pranjal Saikia of Nagaon.