Abducted engineer released in Assam

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 27, 2013 15:40 hrs

Guwahati, Feb 27 (IANS) An engineer of the Power Grid Corporation Ltd. (PGCL), abducted by suspected militants and taken to their camp in Bhutan more than a week ago, was released Wednesday, police said.

S.P. Raju, hailing from Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, arrived at Ghawra Chowk police station in Baksa district and informed the police about his release.

Raju was reportedly abducted by four armed militants from a construction site of the Power Grid Corporation at Dhekipora in Baksa Feb 15 night.

Confirming the release of Raju, police said he was held captive by the suspected cadres of anti-talk faction of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB), probably at its camp in Bhutan.

"One of his captors brought him to Kumarikata, a small township located along the India-Bhutan border in Baksa, late Tuesday night and released him," a police official said.

"Raju boarded a bus from Kumarikata today (Wednesday) morning and reached Ghawra Chowk police station and informed us about his release," police said, while adding that his health was found to be alright.

The engineer was treated well by his captors and was provided with food.

It is not known whether any ransom was paid to the militants for his release.

"The abducted engineer told us that he was kept at a small camp of the outfit in Bhutan. He is, however, not aware of the exact location of the camp," police said.

The police had nabbed seven people for Raju's kidnapping.

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