Three remaining WWF volunteers released



Kokrajhar: The three remaining WWF volunteers were released in a place along the Indo-Bhutan border in Assam's Chirang district Thursday, 11 days after their abduction.

Official sources said Gautam Kishore Sarmah, Pranjal Saikia and Syed Naushad Zaman were handed over to WWF-India senior project manager J Bora near Deoshree, under Runikhata police outpost.

The volunteers were examined and were reportedly physically and mentally fit, the sources said, adding they were being taken to the district headquarters.

A total six WWF volunteers, including three women, were abducted from Manas National Park by a little known Bodo organisation called 'Aronai' from Ultapani Reserve Forest on February 6. The girls had been released on February 8.

NDFB (anti-talk faction), believed to have been behind the act, have denied their involvement in a statement. The volunteers were a part of a WWF-India team carrying out a tiger census in Manas National Park.

PTI