| Pachau Ram Reang |
Silchar, Oct. 16: Police and CRPF are conducting a search operation in Hailakandi district of south Assam to trace Pachau Ram Reang, 45, a former chief of a surrendered outfit of the Reang community.
Reang was forcibly taken away by a breakaway group of Reang militants in the wee hours on Monday.
The superintendent of police in Hailakandi district, Brajendrajit Singh, who is now in New Delhi, today said over phone that his intelligence wing was suspecting that the abduction was masterminded by arrested insurgent leader Dhanayram Reangís group comprising mostly Reang tribals, currently led by Sishuram Reang.
Police sources in Hailakandi town, the district headquarters, added that a group of criminals led by Jakir Hossain Laskar, son-in-law of Dhanayram Reang, might have abducted Pachau Ram.
While Jakir today claimed that his gang had kidnapped Pachau Ram and the latter has now been put up in a safe house in Hailakandi district, United Democratic Liberation Army leader Sishuram Reang, told this correspondent over telephone last night that the former rebel leader was now in his groupís custody.
Police sources quoting Pachau Ramís wife, Johuri, said a six-member group had barged into Pachau Ramís house in the Bishuram Basti area near Ramnathpur, a Reang hub, in Hailakandi district. The site is located about 480km from Guwahati.
The sources said Pachau Ram was then led on foot to a distant jungle hideout. They sources also said today that Jakirís gang last night demanded a ransom of Rs 50 lakh to free Pachau Ram.
Dhanayram Reangís rebel group, the United Democratic Liberation Army, was floated immediately after Pachau Ramís group, United Liberation Front of Barak Valley (ULFBV), had laid down arms and surrendered in 2008.