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Abductors demand Rs 30 lakh

Aizawl, Nov. 27: The abductors of the two timber merchants and their driver have sent a ransom note demanding Rs 30 lakh for their release, police today said.

“Though concrete information was yet to be obtained, the ransom note was reported to have been sent to the team leader (mahaldar) of the timber traders,” the police said.        

A gang of five militants abducted Sapan Kumar Roy, 52, of Dosda Bazar in North Tripura district, his driver Govinda Nath, 35, of Dharmanagar in the same district and Sankar Nath, 35, of Rangamati in Assam’s Karimganj district, on Sunday night from Rajiv Nagar on the Mizoram-Tripura border, the police said.

Mizoram police said a hunt was on to trace the hostages.

The BSF officials deployed along the Mizoram-Tripura-Bangladesh border suspected the NLFT militants to be behind the kidnapping. But state police officials here said it was the handiwork of the Borok National Council of Tripura, which was allegedly operating from the Bru relief camps in North Tripura district.

, were also involved in the recent burglary, where Rs 198 lakh was looted from the office of the block development officer, at Zawlnuam village, on the Mizoram-Tripura border. However, they are still missing.