Militant activities have yet again returned to haunt the Garo Hills region after a lull of over three months and this was marked with the abduction of 3 out of 11 Dalu based traders from near the village of Gasuapara in South Garo Hills in the early hours of the Tuesday morning.
According to reports, the 11 traders were on their way to the village market of Jadugre in SGH when they were waylaid by armed men near the village of Dumnikura close to the Telekali Forest Reserve.
The incident today occurred close to the same spot from where 11 traders from Assam were kidnapped in September last year.
Interestingly this is the first major incident post demonetization by militants.
Sources informed that the number of people kidnapped on Tuesday could have been more except for the fact that some alert traders made a successful bid in escaping from the clutches of the armed militants.
8 out the 11 who were present in the vehicle, made the escape leaving three others at the hands of the captors. The incident allegedly took place at about 6:30 am this morning.
The three unlucky traders, who were taken at gun point by still unknown militants are all from Dalu in West Garo Hills and have been identified as Tamal Dey (38) of Killapara, Dulan Mahanta (36) also of Killapara and Durgapada Dutta (35) of Chaipani.
A police team led by a Deputy SP and the Baghmara OC of SGH rushed to the spot this morning immediately after news of the incident as the Gasuapara outpost remained offline due to network connectivity problems.
“We rushed a team to the spot and were still awaiting details of what happened due to poor connectivity. We can have a better idea of the people behind the kidnapping once we are able to confirm the details from the area,” said superintendent of police, South Garo Hills, Anand Mishra.
“We are still to confirm the details of the kidnappers though prima facie it looks like the handiwork of local gangs. Inputs are still coming through and we have launched operations to rescue the kidnapped victims,” added the SP.
Incidentally a local MLA alerted the cops on the incident informing that some traders may have been kidnapped after some vehicles were being waylaid by armed men.