Security forces have so far failed to trace the National Highway (NH) contractor from Arunachal Pradesh, Taru Tana, who was abducted by suspected NSCN (IM) militants from Goju village under Bordumsa Police Station in Changlang district on Friday night.
Security forces launched rescue operation from Sunday morning but till date, they have not been able trace the whereabouts of the contractor.
Bordumsa is 124 km from Dibrugarh and 434 km from Guwahati.
According to police, Tana was alone when he was kidnapped from his residence but the neighbours had heard banging of window pane on Friday night.
Tana was abducted at around 9.30 pm on Friday.
“We have launched a joint operation with army to trace the whereabouts of the contractor but till now, we have not been able to find his location because of the thick jungles. Our operation is going on,” said a police official of Bordoumsa Police Station.
Sources said after having information about the insurgents group being active in the Bordumsa area, the police have not taken any step to reduce such threat.
“Earlier, Tana was in media following allegation of executing sub-standard works levelled by a section of locals in Bordumsa area. He was demanded Rs 1 crore as ransom by suspected NSCN(IM) cadres of which a partial payment was made while the outstanding amount had been due for pretty long time,” said sources.
Tana is a resident of Ziro in Arunachal Pradesh.
Meanwhile, presence of militant groups has been reportedly high along the Assam-Arunachal border and the militants have been demanding extortion money.
The Naga militant groups have reportedly dominance in Tirap, Changlang and Londing district of Eastern Arunachal and are reportedly running a parallel government in these districts.
“Extortion is a main business of the NE militants and from time to time they have been demanding extortion money from businessmen. After demonetisation, the rebel groups have suffered a lot and now again to regroup themselves they are again started their main business,” claimed sources.
M/s Puna & Hunda Construction Company (PHCC) has been carrying out 23-km stretch of the Burhi-Dehing stretch of Trans-Arunachal Highway Road for the past two years connecting Magantong in Bordumsa to Mahadevpur in Namsai district.
On October 9, 2017, Devendra Kumar Sinha, an engineer at National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited was also abducted by suspected ULFA(I) militants but he was released after nine days of captivity.