Silchar, Aug. 31: The special task force of the state police has launched a manhunt to arrest an assistant inspector of the state excise department in Hailakandi, who, allegedly identifying himself as a cadre of a militant outfit, has tried to extort Rs 50 lakh.
According to the police sources in Hailakandi, the excise official has been identified as Gouranga Dey who tried to collect money from a Guwahati-based construction company as a one-time donation to the kitty of the rebel group.
The sources said Dey, on his extortion mission, has used his own mobile phone to contact the company’s office in the district, in a bid to squeeze out the cash.
The task force has established the identity of the caller with the help of the BSNL.
The company in its first information report to the STF said Dey had called its senior officials a few times since August 1, demanding this hefty sum in the name of the United Democratic Liberation Army, which is very active in Hailakandi.
It is as an outfit specialising in kidnapping for ransom and also extortion.
The task force has registered an FIR in Guwahati under Article 387 IPC.
Hailakandi district superintendent of police Brojen Singha today said at present, the accused is absconding and is also understood to have obtained anticipatory bail from Gauhati High Court.