Shillong, June 24: Suspected GNLA militants abducted a SBI cashier from East Garo Hills district yesterday.
The armed militants kidnapped Abdul Halim Ali who works in the SBI’s Songsak branch around 2pm from Rongri market while he was on his way from Songsak to Rongjeng in a Santro (AS-26-1488) with his branch manager. Sources said the outfit has asked for Rs 50 lakh for his release.
Sources said the abductors had actually wanted to kidnap the branch manager, but since Ali did not know how to drive, they took him away instead.
“The militants had wanted Ali to take back the vehicle as they did not want him to be left stranded on the road. But since he did not know how to drive, they instead took him (Ali) away. The branch manager was told not to inform anyone within 24 hours else Ali would be killed,” an official said. The police were informed about the abduction around 11am today. The duo were on their way to Goalpara in neighbouring Assam, the official added.