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Strike to protest abduction

Nagaon, Aug. 1: Normal life was disrupted during the 24-hour Hojai subdivision general strike called by a local trade organisation in protest against the abduction of two businessmen from the sub-divisional headquarters.

The two businessmen, Tirtharaj Chauhan and Prakash Gupta, were abducted from the heart of Hojai town on July 20 and July 29 respectively.

The traders have shops in Hojai town. Of the two, Gupta was released and he reached his Hojai residence during the strike this morning.

Government offices and private institutions remained closed throughout.

No untoward incident was reported.

Nagaon additional superintendent of police (headquarters) Hitesh Rai said continuous search operations forced the abductors to free Gupta.

“Gupta is both physically and mentally affected after his return. We will take his interview once he is better. We hope his interrogation might bring to light more facts behind the incident,” Rai said.

The police are, however, clueless about Chauhan.