India: militants kidnap manager, engineer of cement firm

India: militants kidnap manager, engineer of cement firm
Published: 24 August 2009

The two Virgo cement officials, who were abducted by unidentified gunmen from Meghalaya-Assam border in East Garo Hills district, continue to remain untraced, with police getting new clues of the captors, official sources said.

The abduction is believed to be the handiwork of a lesser known militant outfit Rabha Viper Army.

On Friday, four armed men abducted Virgo Cement Plant Manager Sambu Danuka and Chief Engineer PK Hori at gunpoint.

The militants released Nirmal Rabha, the driver, before taking over the vehicle with the Virgo cement officials and speeding away towards the dense jungle of Garo Hills.

’’There is no breakthrough yet, although efforts are on to rescue them after we got fresh clues,’’ East Garo Hills Superintendent of Police Sylvester Nongtynger said.

The abductors have not telephoned or sent any feelers to the relatives of the two hostages or Virgo Cement authorities to demand for ransom to secure their release.

’’Our preliminary investigations indicated that the abduction was carried out by a new militant group and not ULFA, but nonetheless, we are analysing with our investigation to rescue the officials,’’ Mr Nongtynger said.