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Assam: Tea garden employee abducted, ULFA(I) role suspected

55-year-old Gorong Deb, head fitter of Shankar Tea Estate, was kidnapped from factory premises in Tinsukia district by four armed men between 6 pm and 6.15 pm on Friday

Rishu Kalantri

Tinsukia: The head fitter of Shankar Tea Estate in upper Assam's Tinsukia district was kidnapped from the factory premises on Friday.

As per sources, 55-year-old Gorong Deb was abducted from the factory premises between 6 pm to 6.15 pm on Friday by four armed men who wearing masks.

Speaking with EastMojo, Tinsukia SP Shiladitya Chetia informed that a group of four to five men abducted Deb from the premises of the factory situated at Talap under Doomdooma police station.

"They abductors came on foot as per eye-witnesses," he added.

Chetia further informed that security forces have fanned out across all the possible exit routes and launched joint operations along with the Indian army to rescue Deb.

The top cop from the district also revealed that security forces suspect the role of United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) militants behind the kidnapping of Deb. "However, there are no reports available of any extortion demand served on the tea estate by ULFA(I) earlier," Chetia told EastMojo.

Tea estates, especially in parts of upper Assam, have always been a soft target for ULFA(I), where several cases of abduction of staff and extortion have been reported in the recent past.