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Ragtag group behind kidnap

Guwahati, July 30: A ragtag group could be behind yesterday’s abduction of Simplex Infrastructures Ltd official from North Cachar Hills in Assam, acccording to leads thrown up by preliminary investigations.

“We have some leads and are working on those. But we can’t part with all the information just now as it might hamper our efforts to get the official back,” district superintendent of police Bedanta Madhab Rajkhowa said today.

“The abductors appear to be no more than a bunch of armed criminals drawn from the district as well as from neighbouring Karbi Anglong,” Rajkhowa said.

Operations are on in the area to trace the abducted official, he added.

Rajkhowa said he was not aware of any group claiming responsibility for the abduction or or demanding ransom from the official’s family or his employers.

Niron Kumar Mahajan, a project manager with Simplex Infrastructures Ltd and a resident of Krishnanagar in Nadia district of Bengal, was abducted around 12.30pm yesterday from 73 Point between Manderdisa and Hathikhali under Langting police station, about 115km from district headquarters Haflong.

Mahajan was travelling with his driver, Hari Das, who was let off.

Simplex Infrastructures Ltd is engaged in the East-West Corridor project that passes through the district.

Ashish Basu, general manager, personnel, of the Calcutta-based company, said he was in touch with the police.

“There is no information yet. I have spoken to Assam DGP (Khagen Sarma) and other senior officers and they have assured me of all necessary steps to rescue Mahajan,” Basu told The Telegraph over phone from Calcutta this evening.

He said neither the company nor Mahajan’s family has received any communication from the abductors.

Mahajan’s wife Archana and school-going son Rohan stay at Kharagpur where he was posted before being shifted to Assam. “She has been brave so far although a little nervous,” Basu said about Archana.

“I spoke to Assam police officials today in her presence and she is somewhat reassured,” he said, adding that she has been advised on how to conduct herself if the abductors make contact.