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Traders released, BDO remains traceless


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From Our Correspondent

 TURA: The Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) has released the two Assam-based traders who were kidnapped from Kalchengpara village near Selsella on November 21 while selling their wares at the weekly market.

The same afternoon another group of militants from the same outfit took away at gunpoint the Dadenggre BDO from his office chamber. He remains untraced.

Both traders, Dulal Modok and Rockybul Haque from Singimari town in Dhubri district of Assam were released on Wednesday night from a jungle hideout. They reached their respective homes on Thursday morning.

The two traders claim the militants allowed them to walk free at around 9 pm from the forested area near Kalchengpara village and denied paying ransom to the group. Police sources indicate that money to the tune of three lakh rupees may have been paid by the families for their safe release. Both traders claim to have been constantly shifted from one place to another during the night while in the daytime they were kept blindfolded.

The night they were released they militants are believed to have arranged for them to be put up in a house in one of the remote villages surrounding Kalchengpara. They took the first public transport they came across at the break of dawn.

However, there is no information forthcoming on the whereabouts of Dadenggre BDO Prafulla Kr Boro who has been in the captivity of the Garo militant group for the last ten days.

The GNLA has demanded that security forces withdraw all operations against them in return for the safe return of the Dadenggre BDO. The militant group has been insisting that special commando units known as SWAT from the Meghalaya police and CoBRA units of CRPF and the BSF must return to their bases if the government wishes to see the return of its state civil service officer PK Boro.

The deadline given by the outfit for withdrawal of all operations ends today.

Son seeks missing father

Curious to know where his father has gone for such a long time, five-year-old Bhaskarjyoti Boro seeks answers from his mother time and again. His mother has no words but to softly say he will return soon from his trip to Shillong.

The painful wait for news of her husband is excruciating for Mrs Aparajita Mushahary who has not heard from her spouse ever since he was taken away at gunpoint by GNLA militants from the BDO office in Dadenggre on November 21.

The BDO, a devoted father who never missed out on an opportunity to spend time with his young son, is being missed dearly by the child.

Other than official works, he rarely spent long duration outside his home and family and his absence is clearing being noticed by his only child.

“Almost ten days have passed and there has not been a single communication relating to his safety and and whereabouts. My family members and I once again appeal to GNLA not to cause any harm to PK Boro and to release him unharmed on humanitarian grounds,” a tearful Mrs Mushahary appealed to the GNLA.


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