Tezpur, Oct. 1: The NDFB (Songbijit faction) today sought an immediate end to the ongoing operations against its members to secure the release of abducted NHPC official Anil Kumar Agarwal.
The outfit’s general secretary, B. Saoraigwra, said they have also asked the family of the abducted official to discuss the issue of negotiation with the NHPC which can subsequently move the government to talk to the outfit for the safe release of the official.
He said the outfit’s financial department was looking after the ransom issue.
Agarwal was abducted on September 21 from 12 Mile under Charduar police station near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border in Sonitpur district while on his way from Tawang to Guwahati.
“We are now waiting for the response of family members,” he said, denying the existence of anybody by the name of B. Ferenga, who had identified himself as the outfit’s publicity secretary, and issued a letter to the NHPC seeking Rs 20 crore for Agarwal’s release.
“Our spokesperson B.R. Ferrenga is dealing with the issue. We have no publicity secretary by the name of B. Ferenga,” Saoraigwra said.
The Songbijit faction today also denied its hand in the assassination of planter Adilur Rahman at Nagdha near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border on November 13 and the abduction of a civilian driver of the army from Misamari a few months ago.
Additional director-general of police (law and order) A.P. Rout said operations would continue.
Sources said senior NHPC officials have met Rout, former chief secretary P.P. Varma, chief minister Tarun Gogoi, home department officials in connection with the case. One of the officials met Jitesh Khosla, who took over charge as chief secretary this evening. “We are meeting several officials for the safe release of our colleague,” an official said.
Assam DGP J.N. Choudhary told The Telegraph that a two-pronged strategy has been adopted: “Intensified search operations and negotiations by the family. One can negotiate barring payment of ransom.”
Arunachal Pradesh DGP K.K. Maheswari said the operations part was being looked after by their Assam counterpart and that the family of the abducted official has not contacted them so far.