18 days on, abducted BDO still traceless

From Our Correspondent

 TURA: Suspense continues into the abduction saga of Dadenggre BDO and MCS officer Prafulla Kr Boro with Meghalaya police still clueless about his whereabouts as eighteen days have passed by since he was taken away at gunpoint from the Block office at Dadenggre on November 21.

There has been no word from the GNLA militants who kidnapped him and the continuing operations against the outfit to flush them out have so far proved a failure for security forces.

With no clue on the movement of the abductors and their victim operations continue at suspected areas. “It is like shooting in the dark. A fresh strategy is required if the government wishes to see some tangible results,” believe some intelligence and police officials of yesteryears.

The manner in which the GNLA has been able to conceal their captive and their movement despite a red alert being sounded and intelligence assets activated in villages and towns to provide information has baffled the security set up in the State.

This is not the first time security forces have been left clueless. Last year, police were unsuccessful in rescuing abducted Williamnagar DTO Robinus Syngkon who was released by the GNLA after being held captive for 56 days in the jungles of East and south Garo Hills. This time, the State Government has pushed in over 400 security personnel to comb the jungles of Garo Hills to find and rescue the Dadenggre BDO. The State police comprising of special commando units known as SWAT are being aided by CoBRA commandos of the CRPF and the BSF.

Meanwhile, the wife and young son of the BDO will seek an audience with Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma at Williamnagar on Thursday. The Chief Minister is flying down to East Garo Hills to inaugurate the Pingera Winter Festival.

The BDO’s wife Mrs A Mushahary accompanied by her young son and brother-in-law will appeal to the Chief Minister to ensure her husband’s safe return home.

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