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Firm manager rescued

- Chased by cops, kidnappers flee, leaving behind hostage

Feb. 24: The branch manager of Brink’s Arya India Private Limited, Biren Hazarika, who was abducted at gunpoint by unidentified men on February 15, was rescued by police last night from Noapara, an interior area along the Assam-Meghalaya boundary, about 40km from the city.

Hazarika, 51, a resident of Beltola, was abducted for ransom from Chaygaon in Kamrup district after he had allegedly walked into a “honey trap” set up by a woman, whom he had known.

After reaching the city, Hazarika, however, said he was abducted from near a petrol pump at Chaygaon where he had gone to check an ATM, following complaints from people.

Brink’s Arya is a cash-handling and security logistics company.

According to police in Kamrup district, Hazarika was set free by abductors around 1am at Noapara following intense combing operations in the areas along the inter-state boundary.

“Since he was abducted, the kidnappers changed locations and frequently changed hideouts. We had information that kidnappers were hiding somewhere along the boundary areas with Hazarika and accordingly we continued combing operation. Last night, as a police team was approaching Noapara, the kidnappers ran away leaving Hazarika behind and we managed to rescue him,” the police official said.

Hazarika has been admitted to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital for treatment as he was weak.

The police have so far arrested four persons, including a woman.

Ranjit Boro, Moniram Das and Sahil alias Tazibuddin were arrested on Saturday for their alleged role in the abduction, while Arpana Das was arrested from Boko on Wednesday.

Sources said the police tracked the hideout of the abductors based on revelations made by the four arrested persons.

“These people do not belong to any militant group but are criminals who resort to abduction and other crime for quick money. They basically hail from Boko and Chaygaon areaS and we are trying to arrest them,” the police official said.

Hazarika said the abductors had changed their location twice since he was abducted and were trying to take him to another location last night when he was rescued.

“They (abductors) spoke in Assamese and Bodo and there were four of them,” he said.

“Last night, when they were trying to move me out, a police vehicle came along, seeing which they wanted me to run with them. But I told them I cannot run and sat down there, after which they fled,” he said.

Hazarika also said he had earlier overheard his abductors express doubts about whether they had got the right man.