An air of uncertainty over Kordoiguri village in the Doom Dooma area on Assam’s Tinsukia district after three youths from the village went missing. Suruj Moran (18), Ashim Moran (19) and Bichitra Moran (20) have been missing since the morning of October 22.

It has been suspected that the youths might have joined the banned militant outfit ULFA (I). An FIR was filed at the Baghjan police station by their parents, who claim that the three young men were taken by one Nitu Moran, alias Bundai, a resident of Bishnupur.

In a video, the mother of Ashim Moran says, “The guy who is from Bishnupur had come to our home asking for my son. I told him that he is not at home. He then asked when will he return, to which I replied that I don’t know and asked him if he had some work with my son. He said that it was nothing and walked away.”

“My family members had seen Bundai Moran taking my son Suruj Moran, Ashim Moran and Bichitra Moran. They were taken on October 22 and on October 23 we filed an FIR,” said Suruj Moran’s father adding that the police had yet not taken any action.

However, speaking to EastMojo, the officer in charge of Baghjan PS said Nitu Moran was taken into police custody and the matter is under investigation. “We are still investigating the matter. We suspect that Nitu Moran has contact with the banned outfit ULFA (I),” the officer said.

“We searched the entire village looking for them. We also called Bundai Moran, but he kept misguiding us. When we finally came across him and we were about to ask about our sons, he fled the spot, leaving his motorcycle behind. Why he ran away is still a mystery to us.” Moran said.

The situation turned grim after Suruj and Bichitra’s fathers got a call from them, telling their families to stop searching.

“I got a call at around 6:30 pm the same day. We did not get to talk much. All he said was that he is fine, and to not worry about him. He then disconnected the call. I think he must have been taken to join the ULFA, that is why he said that he is fine,” the father of Bichitra Moran said.

This, however, is not an isolated incident. Similar incidents from Tinsukia were also reported in September and June this year, raising concerns about Upper Assam becoming a recruitment ground for the ULFA.

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