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Bhutan officials visit Assam

Kokrajhar Aug. 13: Senior officials from Bhutanís Sarpang district today visited Assamís Kokrajhar district and met their counterparts on the prevailing law and order situation along the Indo-Bhutan border, especially on the abduction of four Bhutanese nationals by suspected militants of the National Democratic Front of Borolandís Songbijit faction (NDFB-S).

An official team from Sarpang district administration comprising additional deputy commissioner Phusno and superintendent of police T. Shring, called on their counterparts in Kokrajhar district today. They had a closed-door meeting with Kokrajhar deputy commissioner Nitin Khade and SP Sunil Kumar for nearly two hours on the law and order situation in the border areas especially the abduction of the four people from Pathabari village near Kokrajhar. The two sides refused to speak to the media on the discussion.

A senior official in Kokrajhar, on condition of anonymity, said the discussion was mainly on the ďlaw and order situation in border areas where the extremist groups are carrying out anti-social activities like kidnapping and extortion which is a matter of concern to both sides of the borderĒ.

Four Bhutanese nationals identified as Singy Wang Chuck, 53, Padam Lal Rai, 57, Taksha Subba, 16, and Sunil Subba, 18, were abducted last Friday. Sources said around 20 suspected militants with arms and sharp weapons entered the Bhutanese village and whisked away five people.