Meghalaya: Abducted BDO released by GNLA

Shillong: The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) on Saturday released abducted Block Development Officer PK Boro at an undisclosed location near the Indo-Bangladesh border in West Garo Hills district.

Boro, the BDO of Dadanggre (rpt) Dadanggre, who was abducted from his office on November 21, was released safely and was received by Alva B Sangma, a lady editor of a local vernacular weekly, at around 9 AM.

West Garo Hills District Deputy Commissioner Sanjay Goyal told agency, "I am personally relieved to share the news. I am glad to know his family will have something good to celebrate Christmas and new year."

"It was a big tension. The situation is such that you do not know what will happen next," he said.

Alva, the editor of Achik Songbad, who received Boro, told agency, "I got a call at around 6 AM. I knew something good is going to happen."

Alva drove for two hours before she was led into a thick jungle by a group of GNLA cadres. After a trek of another one hour, she saw a group of five heavily armed GNLA cadres and Boro in a plastic chair.

She said, "His health is good and I am happy to be able to bring him back to his family."

Alva quoted area commander Jack Marak as saying: "We could not possibly kill him as he was one of the few honest officers who are working for the development of the place."