Kokrajhar, Aug. 12: The four Bhutanese nationals who were abducted by suspected NDFB (Songbijit) militants from Pathabari village near Kokrajhar are yet to be traced, even five days after joint search operations by security forces of both Bhutan and India in the border areas.
Assam director-general of police (DGP) Khagen Sarma, speaking to reporters in Kokrajhar on the sidelines of a programme here today, said the NDFB (Songbijit faction) is involved in the abduction of the Bhutanese nationals. He said the police along with security forces from both India and Bhutan are carrying out operations to rescue the hostages.
“Operations against the militant outfits are continuing. There are difficulties as many of the areas are remote with no connectivity. But we are continuing with our operation in every possible way for the safety and security of the people,” he said
Four Bhutanese nationals identified as Singy Wang Chuck, 53, Padam Lal Rai, 57, Taksha Subba, 16, and Sunil Subba, 18, all from the same village were abducted by suspected NDFB (S) militants from Pathabari village near Sarpang town bordering Kokrajhar district last Friday.
Sources said around 30 suspected militants with arms and sharp weapons swooped on the Bhutanese village and whisked away the five persons. Later, the abductors released one of them.
The place is around 3km from the Indo-Bhutan border and the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) Narayani outpost. The Royal Bhutan Army, Assam police, CRPF and the SSB are conducting search operations to rescue the hostages.
On the law-and-order situation and threat from militant outfits ahead of Independence Day, Sarma said security has been intensified across the state to thwart any untoward incidents.
The Kokrajhar district administration has tightened security in and around the district, including along the Indo-Bhutan border and inter-state border areas.
A senior police official in Kokrajhar said patrolling has been intensified along the Indo-Bhutan border areas and the inter-state Assam-Bengal border areas along with all areas where rebels are active. Security measures have been tightened along railway tracks, highways, oil installations, and all important areas and places in lower Assam.
The district magistrate has also promulgated Section 144 CrPC in the respective districts preventing pillion riding on two-wheelers. The restrictions will remain in force until further orders.
Preparations to celebrate Independence Day are being completed at Government Higher Secondary and Multipurpose School grounds. The district administration urged all sections of people, irrespective of caste, creed and community to participate in the Independence Day celebrations.