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2 more held for hostage drama

Biman Bora after his arrest. Picture by UB Photos

Sivasagar, Dec. 8: Police today arrested two other members of the gang involved in the Simaluguri hostage incident, a day after the prime accused was picked up.

Nazira sub-divisional police officer Asif Ahmed said based on information provided by the prime accused, Biman Bora, 36, who was arrested from Simaluguri station, the police arrested Sandeep Das alias Bholuka, 28, from Simaluguri Station Road around 1.30am today.

“Another accused, Arup Dulakakharia, 26, was arrested from his hideout at Saporigaon near Bokakhat in Golaghat district around 5am today and he was brought to Sivasagar,” he said. “The trio were produced before a judicial magistrate today.”

Ahmed said the pistol used in the incident was recovered from Simaluguri railway station, where the gang hid it on Thursday. He said the gang was taking shelter at Simaluguri to carry out criminal activities in the area. “The gang was involved in a robbery at Dibrugarh on November 18, where they looted Rs 2 lakh from a mobile showroom,” he said.

“After interrogating the accused, we can confirm that Bora took Gunjan hostage to evade public confrontation and not for ransom,” Ahmed added.

Bora, who was in an inebriated state, was confronted by locals in Simaluguri on Wednesday for creating nuisance in the area. While he was being chased, he took out a pistol and fired in the air. He then entered the school van carrying 11 students and hijacked the vehicle at gunpoint.

He later took Gunjan Sharma, a Class VIII student of Nazira Kendriya Vidyalaya, hostage before leaving the van, 10 students and the driver at Santak Lengibor, near the Assam-Nagaland border, about 45km from here.

Gunjan managed to escape a day later and received recognition from the Assam government and local organisations for her bravery in dealing with the abductor.

Gunjan had volunteered to go with the abductor after Bora tried to take a junior girl as hostage.

Sivasagar additional superintendent of police (headquarters) J.S. Bora said all the three accused have been remanded in five days’ police custody.

“The case is almost solved and Gunjan’s assistance will be sought to confirm the identity of her abductor,” he said.