Jorhat, Feb. 8: Police are yet to arrest the abductors of Moon Mahanta, 45, the manager of Lakhimijan tea estate in Jorhat district along the Assam-Nagaland boundary, who was kidnapped yesterday.
The owner of the tea estate, Bijoy Kumar Modi, said the abductors had told Mahanta’s wife over phone today that they would contact Modi to negotiate Mahanta’s release.
“I am waiting but have not received any call till now (7pm),” Modi said. “These things take time and the police are trying to find out who the abductors are.”
The police said they had identified one of the abductors from among the labourers of the tea garden but refrained from naming him. The tea estate falls under Bandor Chaliha police outpost in Titabar subdivision.
“We are working on different aspects and investigations are on. We have also sought the help of our counterparts in Nagaland,” a police official said.
Inoculation: The government will inoculate adults against Japanese encephalitis in public health centres and other centres in the district and in eight other districts — Sivasagar, Golaghat, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia, Lakhimpur, Dhemaji and Kamrup —from Monday morning.
Demise: Professor Ajit Kumar Phukan, plant pathologist at Assam Agricultural University, passed away this morning at the Jorhat Christian Medical Centre due to a terminal illness.