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2 Assam residents ‘kidnapped’, 1 escapes
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 TURA, June 23 - In a delayed report, two construction workers from Assam were allegedly kidnapped from near Jengjal on the night of June 16 by two persons who came to their camp in a motor cycle. One of the kidnapped persons, however, ‘escaped’ the clutches of his ‘abductors’ in a case that the police are treading on very cautiously.

According to police, the incident took place in the construction site of the new BSF camp being set up about 3-4 kms inside Jengjal in West Garo Hills district. On the fateful night, two Garo youths on a motorcycle came to the camp and took the two workers as well as a motorcycle belonging to one of the construction workers.

“They came in a bike and were unarmed. They asked the two to go with them and they went. We are yet to ascertain why there was no resistance if it was indeed a kidnapping,” said police. Interestingly, one of the kidnapped workers, identified as Jiadur Rehman from Lakhipur in Assam was able to ‘escape’ the abductors the next day and reached home.

The phone number of the second abductee, Shahadud Ali (30) was put on surveillance. “The number has been constantly on the move. Sometimes it is active in Dadenggre, sometimes in Hatsingimari. Our search for him is continuing,” said police. Interestingly, an FIR on the abduction was filed by the family members of Ali on June 22, at Jengjal PS.

Police have been wary in the aftermath of another Assam resident from Mankachar falsely registering himself as being kidnapped. Both the driver and the Assam resident were arrested for fabricating the abduction story.

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