LONGDING- Two construction labourers, Shashank Yadav and Lemgaw Gowam, were kidnapped by armed members of the banned NSCN (K-YA) from a makeshift camp near Tisa river in Longding district on Thursday. The kidnapping was reportedly carried out after the contractor refused to pay extortion money to the outfit.
The local police, along with the Assam Rifles, have launched a search operation to locate the abducted labourers. This incident follows a similar case where two brothers were kidnapped and released after a ransom demand.
The labourers were identified as Shashank Yadav, a resident of Uttar Pradesh, and Lemgaw Gowam of Nginu village in Tirap district. Both of them were working for a Border Roads Task Force (BRTF) project underway in the district.
“Three armed cadres broke into the camp and kidnapped the two labourers. The incident took place at 4am following which the labourers were taken to Kunno zero point in a pickup truck. The vehicle was then disengaged at the Kunsa-Pongchau road and the cadres reportedly moved towards the India-Myanmar border,” said a police source.
The NSCN-KYA is quite active in Longding district and they have been involved in kidnapping of contractors and labourers of construction companies for ransom from time to time,” said a local resident of Longding.
In the meanwhile, the local police led by Longding SP Tumme Amo and assisted by the Assam Rifles has launched a massive search and combing operation in Longding to trace the two labourers.