Tezpur, Sept. 15: Bhadreswar Nath, a small tea grower of Sonitpur district, who was allegedly kidnapped by militants of the Ranjan Daimary faction of the NDFB, was released in the early hours today near a dense forest on the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border in the district.
Nath was abducted from his garden in Jaishidhi under Itakhola police station in Sonitpur district on Friday morning around 8. The Sonitpur District Small Tea Growers’ Association had yesterday given a 12-hour deadline to the abductors to release Nath.
Security personnel found him during search operations last night near the inter-state border. According to Sonitpur superintendent of police, Arabinda Kalita, Nath was found in the border area around 12.40am. “He was found in perfect health and handed over to his family members. There was no ransom amount involved in his release,” he said.
The Songbijit faction of the NDFB today denied its involvement in Nath’s abudction.
In a press statement issued today, B.R. Ferengga, the outfit’s spokesperson, said Nath was an upright citizen who paid his “taxes” and hence, the abduction allegation against the NDFB is untrue.
The release also stated the outfit chief I.K. Songbijit has directed all his commanders not to harass or arrest any citizens who pay “taxes” regularly to the NDFB.