Dhubri, May 29: Five members of a gang of abductors active in lower Assam were arrested and three persons rescued from their clutches in Dhubri district in the past 24 hours.
Three persons, Apurba Roy of Beltola in Guwahati, Akbar Ali and Saddam Hussain of Tamarhat in Dhubri district who were made hostage in the house of Surman Ali and Phulchand Ali in Muthakhowa village under South Salmara police Station of Dhubri district, were rescued by police yesterday.
A police source in Tamarhat said Gulzar Ali, Montu Ali Sheikh and Mohabbat Ali, who had been running this racket from Tamarhat, also were arrested.
Roy, Ali and Hussain, who were abducted at different points of time a fortnight ago by the kingpin of the racket, Surman Ali (Mantrirchar village) and Phulchand Ali, were arrested from Muthakhowa and respectively yesterday.
A police source in South Salmara said Apurba Roy, while being shifted from one house to another in Muthakhowa village, pleaded with the villagers and narrated the story of their abduction and being kept hostage for over 15 days.
Soon the villagers gathered and freed them from the clutches of abductors and handed them over to the police and Phulchand Ali, one of the kidnappers, was arrested from there.
On the basis of the statement made by Phulchand Ali, Surman Ali was arrested from Mantrirchar and three more from Tamarhat of Dhubri district.
Dhubri superintendent of police Mridulanada Sarma told The Telegraph that the abductions were well planned. “The abductors’ network was spreading from Guwahati to many districts of lower Assam and Garo hills districts of Meghalaya. We have collected the names of abductors and information about their network. I hope the police would make a breakthrough soon.”