Arunachal Gaon Burah
Gaon Burah Napho Boham being escorted by local villagers after his release.

Tinsukia: A day after local youths mounted pressure on NSCN (K-YA) by taking out a massive protest rally in Longding, the Gaon Burah (village headman) of Lauksim village, Napho Boham, has been released by his abductors at Luakhun village in Nagaland’s Mon district on Tuesday.

The spot is almost two hours’ walk through dense jungle and mountainous terrain from Kanubari sub-division in Arunachal’s Longding district.

Confirming the development, Longding Superintendent of Police Vikram Harimohan Meena told EastMojo that all-out efforts were carried out by security forces for the safe recovery of the abductee. “Finally, on Tuesday, the abductee was safely recovered after tremendous efforts by the security forces near Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh border.”

On the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday, a report was received that the Gaon Burah of Lauksim Village, Napho Boham, has been abducted by 5 NSCN K(YA) cadres, who came in combat dress, and were armed with long range weapons. The report indicated that the victim was taken towards Luakhun Village in neighbouring Nagaland.

Gaon burah Napho Boham at Kanubari police station after his release

SP Meena said the abductee was found in visibly good health and has been sent for further medical check-up.

According to sources, due to the relentless operations carried out by security forces against NSCN (K-YA) over the last 48 hours, the abductors came under tremendous pressure to release the village head.

“As soon as information was received about the release of the victim, a team of 4 to 5 villagers were sent to Luakhun village in Nagaland to escort the Gaon Burah till Banfera, on our side of the boundary, where a police team was waiting to receive them.”

Boham, along with the villagers, were then escorted to Kanubari police station. The source added, “The victim has been sent to their native village after completing all the formalities.”

However, there has been no arrest in the case till now.

On Monday, hundreds of local youths, with placards in hand, had taken out a march against National Socialist Council of Nagalim in Arunachal’s Longding district, demanding unconditional release of the Gaon Burah.

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