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Move to rescue paper mill staff

Hailakandi, April 28: Police have launched a massive search operation in the border areas of Barak valley to rescue Arindam Kar, an employee of Hindustan Paper Corporationís Cachar Paper Mill at Panchgram in Hailakandi district of southern Assam.

The United Democratic Liberation Army (UDLA) is suspected to be behind the abduction although no outfit or person has so far demanded any ransom.

Karimganj additional superintendent of police Navin Singh said a search operation was launched from Damcherra on Tripura border.

Singh said they had recovered the slippers and mobile handset of Kar during the search operation in the jungles. They will take the help of the BSF, he added.

Kar, 52, was kidnapped by unidentified armed men on Saturday night from the official quarters at Rangamati village on the Assam-Mizoram border in Karimganj district. He is the supervisor of Cachar Paper Mill. His job is to look after the bamboo supply for the mill through the Assam-Mizoram border.

He hails from Karimganj town and had joined work on Saturday after a long leave.

The incident occurred around 10.30pm on Saturday when Kar opened the door to go to the toilet. He shared the quarters with K.K. Nath, the beat officer of HPCís forest section. Their servant-cum-cook Rathindra Das, who was working outside, saw some masked people take Kar away on gunpoint and raised an alarm. Thereafter, Nath along with Das, went to Bazaricherra police outpost and filed an FIR.

A police team immediately rushed to the spot and launched a search operation.

Karís wife Gauri has urged the kidnappers to release her husband unconditionally. She said Kar was a very honest person who never harmed others.

The stateís public health engineering minister, Gautam Roy, and the co-operation and border areas development minister of state, Siddeque Ahmed, have urged the district administration of Karimganj to intensify the search operation and assured all help to nab the abductors.