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Rubber planter abducted

Jorhat, Dec. 3: Three persons from Assam have been abducted in two separate incidents in the past 48 hours — two in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh and one in Sivasagar district of Assam.

Rubber planter Pradip More was returning home to Naoholia near Duliajan in Dibrugarh district of Assam with his brother Vinod and employee Chandrapal Sharma from Namsai in Lohit district on Saturday night when the vehicle they were travelling in was waylaid by a group of armed men at Lekang under Namsai police station, police sources said today.

The armed persons took away Pradip and Chandrapal, the sources added.

They said More’s family has approached Arunachal Pradesh authorities to rescue the abducted persons.

They also said that More has a small rubber plantation near Tezu, the headquarters of Lohit district.

A senior police official in Dibrugarh today said neither Arunachal Pradesh police nor More’s family had officially informed Assam police of the abduction.

He said the army was assisting Arunachal Pradesh police in their efforts to rescue the duo.

Lohit deputy commissioner R.K. Sharma told The Telegraph over phone this evening that the police had informed him that two persons from Assam had gone “missing” on Saturday night from the Lekang-Khamti area. He said efforts were on to trace the duo.

Namsai, a town in Lohit district, is 15km from Lekang, a circle within Namsai subdivision.

Lekang is 75km from Duliajan while it’s another 5km to Naoholia.

In another incident in Sivasagar district of Assam, suspected militants of aresh Barua faction of Ulfa abducted a brick kiln owner, Paramhans Singh, 48, from his brick kiln at Dihajan Kathalguri under Demow police station around 7.45pm today.

Police sources said Singh was kidnapped by armed motorcycle riders.

Sivasagar superintendent of police A.K. Singh told this correspondent that rescue operations were on.