Silchar, Oct. 18: A former rebel chief, abducted in the wee hours on Monday from his residence at Katlicherra block in Hailakandi district, was rescued by police last night.
He was found near the bank of a stream called Kapalwala.
The former rebel, Pachau Ram Apeto Reang, 45, was abducted by a six-member gang of militants from his residence at Bishuram Basti village.
The officer in-charge of Ramnathpur police outpost, Bidhan Das, today said Pachau Ram has named the United Liberation Front of the Barak Valley (ULFBV) as being responsible for the abduction.
Pachau Ram told The Telegraph today over phone from the Katlicherra primary health centre that he had never expected such behaviour from the rebel group.
The police said Pachau Ram was abducted by either the United Democratic Liberation Army (UDLA), a breakaway gang of the ULFBV, being led by Dhanyaram Reang, now in a jail, or the Jakir Bahini, a band of local criminals with a tie-up with the UDLA.
The police could not confirm if any ransom was paid to ensure Pachau Ramís release, though sources said the surrendered rebel leaderís family paid a hefty amount.
The police in Hailakandi town confirmed that a ransom demand of Rs 50 lakh was made.
This is the sixth case of kidnapping in the past four months in Katlicherra block under Hailakandi district and sources said in every case the hostage was released after the ransom was paid.