HOMELAND SECURITY: Subba’s nephew abducted – Gorkha organisations block road, demand safe release of planter in 24 hours – another dimension to the Gorkha statehood agitation ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Dibrugarh, Sept. 15: Suspected Ulfa rebels last night abducted planter Ajay Kumar Subba, who is also the nephew of former Congress MP Mani Kumar Subba while he was returning home at Borbheta from Mahakali Tea Estate, 4km away, in Upper Assam’s Tinsukia district.
Sources said Subba, 45, was snatched by a six-member group of suspected rebels around 11 last night while he was travelling alone in his Maruti 800.
Apart from being a planter, Subba is also the chief adviser to the All Assam Gorkha Students Union and the secretary of Asom Gorkha Sanmelan.
The sources said Subba routinely travelled on that particular stretch late into the night because of his association with the two organisations.
As the news of Subba’s abduction spread, hundreds of people today blocked traffic at Bahadur Charali, which is close to Subba’s residence and demanded the unconditional and immediate release of the planter.
The blockade was later lifted in the afternoon as the Tinsukia district administration and the police assured the protesters of prompt action against Subba’s abductors.
The president of the Tinsukia district committee of the Asom Gorkha Sanmelan, Ashok Sarma, said the two Gorkha organisations had set a 24- hour deadline for the safe release of Subba.
“We will launch a massive agitation if Subba is not released within the specific timeframe. We have temporarily withdrawn the blockade because the administration has assured us that it would take adequate steps to secure Subba’s release,” Sarma said.
Security forces, including the police, CRPF and the army had launched a massive combing operation throughout the district to find Subba.
“We (the police) rule out the involvement of Ulfa in the abduction. We have some information that Subba’s abductors have not been able to take him out of the district. Therefore, we have launched a massive search in certain pockets,” Tinsukia additional superintendent of police (headquarters) Mukul Saikia said over telephone.
Sources, however, said the police would hardly want to give credit to Ulfa for the abduction as that would give the outfit mileage, which the government would not want. “Apart from giving mileage to Ulfa it would also show the police in poor light,” the source said.
Saikia also appealed to the organisations and the public not to create trouble and let the security forces do their job. “Organising roadblocks will only help the abductors. Therefore, our appeal to the people is to stay calm,” he said.
Saikia said Subba’s family members had not said anything about receiving any ransom call or threat from any militant outfit. Subba’s wife and three children stay with him at Borbheta.
Another source pointed out that Subba, who also allegedly manages certain lottery-related business in Tinsukia district, might have been abducted because of business rivalry.
Suspected Ulfa rebels had stepped up their activities on the inter-state Assam-Arunachal Pradesh boundary areas in the recent past.
There have been instances of attacks on tea garden offices and firing on managers by armed Ulfa cadres, who have ransacked garden offices and torched vehicles used for ferrying green tea leaves.
Security forces are of the view that many gangs are operating in the name of Ulfa and investigations have led to the involvement of some petty goons in most of these cases.
“We will definitely try to solve the case as soon as possible. Our forces are already on the job since last night and we are going all out during our search operations,” Saikia added.
Assam: Congress leader Subba’s nephew kidnapped – let us all pray for Ajay Subba’s quick and safe return ?!!
From NDTV News
Tinsukia (Assam), Sep 15, 2010 14:43 IST (PTI): Controversial former Congress MP Mani Kumar Subba’s nephew has been kidnapped by unidentified miscreants in Assam’s Tinsukia district, police said on Wednesday.
Subba’s nephew, Ajay Subba, a small tea garden owner, was kidnapped from Bordubi area around midnight while he was returning home from the tea estate.
Ajay’s car was stopped by the miscreants, whisked out and then driven away to an undisclosed destination, police said.
A massive search operation has been launched to trace the abducted planter.
The All Assam Gorkha Students’ Union, of which Ajay was an advisor, on Wednesday blocked road at Bahadur Chariali and closed shops in protest against the abduction.
Tension prevails in the area and senior police and civil officials have rushed to the spot.