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Cops free hostage from gang

Shillong, March 19: Meghalaya police today rescued a person from the clutches of a gang from Assam after he was abducted for ransom.

The special investigation team led by superintendent of police (city), Vivek Syiem, was able to trace Digbijoy Das, 42, after making painstaking efforts.

Police have arrested five persons who were allegedly involved in the abduction.

On February 12, an FIR was filed by Ramanuj Das of Bishop Cotton Road, Shillong, stating that his brother Digbijoy, an insurance agent with the LIC, had been missing since February 7.

Later, family members received a call from an unknown caller who said that Digbijoy was in the custody of unknown kidnappers, East Khasi Hills superintendent of police M. Kharkrang said this evening.

The caller said they would release Digbijoy only after his relatives shell out a ransom of Rs 2 crore.

Kharkrang said a case was registered and an investigation launched.

In this connection, a special investigation team was set up under the direct command of Syiem. The special cell of the office of the SP was also made a part of the team.

“From the very beginning top priority was given to the victim’s safety and all efforts were made to ensure that he remained unharmed,” he said.

Finally, after 41 days the team was able to rescue Digbijoy unharmed from Gaspara Simola, Amsui, under Nagaon district today around 3am from a secluded hut.

Five members of the gang were arrested.

They are Rashendra Paul, 39, Tapas Paul, 21, Pradeep Das, 29, Tarender Das, 38, and Bhutka Das, 30.

Three mobile phones, eight SIM cards, a .32 pistol, two rounds of .32 ammunition, chains and four daos (machetes) were recovered from their possession and seized.

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