Silchar, June 15: Mizoram police have stepped up their search in the Bhairabhi-Kolosib area of north Mizoram to track down the two executives of an Assam-based road infrastructure projects company, who were allegedly kidnapped by a militant outfit.
On June 6, the project manager of the Anupam Bricks and Concrete Industry Ltd, Premlal Dhiman, 48, and its commercial manager, Bajranglal Lalbhurgi, were abducted by 10 members of United Democratic Liberation Army (UDLA), who wore black masks, and carried AK-47 rifles. A junior executive of the company here today added that the six poorly armed security men hired by the firm were simply no match for the UDLAcadres.
Aizawl district superintendent of police Lalbiakthanga Khiangte today told The Telegraph that sleuths have zeroed in on the gang which had kidnapped the duo.
Khiangte said these were the cadres of the United Democratic Liberation Army (UDLA), which is led by Dhaynaram Reang, 42, who runs a training camp in the interiors of Kolosib district, nearly 100km from here.
The claim is a departure from the police’s earlier claim that the abduction was the handiwork of a new rebel outfit in Mizoram, the Bru Liberation Army (BLA).
The UDLA chief was arrested last year by Mizoram police from Kolosib district and later handed over to Hailakandi police. He managed to secure his bail after his detention in jail and later escaped into the jungles in Mizoram.
Civil society groups in Mizoram have urged the kidnappers to release the executives, otherwise, they would face the wrath of the Mizo people.