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Shop worker abducted

Nagaon, May 8: Suspected militants kidnapped a senior employee of a business firm in Diphu around 11.30 last night.

The abducted person, Bijendra Thapa, 55, was an aide of businessman Ashok Gupta, and worked in Gupta’s electronic goods shop in the heart of Diphu town.

A four-member group of militants reportedly entered Thapa’s rented house last night and forcibly took him away and even beat up Thapa’s associate, Sedeng Teron, who lost consciousness.

“We are yet to ascertain which militant group is involved in the abduction. We have reports that some cadres of dissolved outfits were involved in kidnapping and other such activities and Thapa could be in their custody,” said a high-level police source.

Thapa’s family, however, claimed he had never received money demand from any individual or group.

The police said extortion could be the only reason behind the kidnapping.

This is the second such abduction in the last 20 days. On April 14, suspected cadres of the Karbi People’s Liberation Tigers kidnapped four employees of a petrol pump near the Kaziranga National Park. The outfit, however, released them the next day, after the police launched a search operation.

Of the 14 militant outfits active in the two hill districts of Dima Hasao and Karbi Anglong, four have been disbanded. These include Karbi Anglong NC Hills Liberation Front, United People’s Democratic Solidarity, Dima Halam Daogah (DHD) and DHD (J). Two other groups — Adivasi National Liberation Army (ANLA) and Dimasa National Revolutionary Front (DNRF) — disbanded after all their cadres were arrested or surrendered.