Silchar, Sept. 27: A youth was kidnapped from Hailakandi in south Assam last evening, making it the seventh abduction by militants in the district in the past two months.
Official sources today confirmed that Nazrul Islam, 23, a daily wage labourer had been abducted.
The abduction shows that security in the district, which is prone to kidnappings, continues to be “very fragile”. Of the seven kidnapped, five were Bengalis while two belonged to the Reang community.
Sources said Islam was helping a contractor to carry tied-up bamboos along a stream of the Dhaleswari at Bairabhi village on the Assam-Mizoram when about 10 militants of the Reang community came in a boat and forcibly took him away.
Hailakandi district superintendent of police Brajendrajit Singh said search has been launched in Katlicherra block.
He could not confirm which of the two Reang militant groups active in the area, the Bru Liberation Army or the Bru National Liberation Front, had abducted Islam.
Brajendrajit Singh and district deputy commissioner Samser Singh went to Katlicherra yesterday to take stock of the law and order situation there.
Katlicherra block has inadequate police staff, sources said.
It has one police station at Ramnathpur, three outposts at Jamira, Baldabaldi and Vaicherra, and a CRPF post at Gharmurra, the Reang heartland, but police sources say these are not sufficiently staffed by their personnel.