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Assam: Militants release abducted power grid engineer

Last updated on: February 27, 2013 16:38 IST

The abducted engineer of Power Grid Corporation Limited has been released by his captors in Kumarikata area of Assam's Baksa district, the police said on Wednesday.

The engineer, Senthela P Raju, was brought from the nearby Bhutan hills where he was held captive by suspected National Democratic Front of Bodoland militants, to Kumarikata by an armed member of the outfit late on Tuesday night.

The militant left Raju at Kumarikata who,then boarded a bus and arrived at Goghrachowk in Tamulpur area on Wednesday morning and informed the police about his release.

Raju told the police that he was taken to the Bhutan hills by the captors and was not subjected to any torture. He said he was provided with food though he was not allowed to change his dress or take a bath. Raju said that he was not aware of the reason for his kidnapping though he suspects that it could have been for ransom.

He further said that he was not aware whether the company had paid ransom for his release. A Power Grid Corporation of India Limited spokesman, however, said that the company did not pay any ransom to the militants.

Raju has been admitted to a hospital for a health check up. Raju, who hails from Nellore in Andhra Pradesh, was kidnapped on February 15 last from the PGCIL's camp at Dhekipota under Goreshwar police station near the Indo-Bhutan border.

The police had arrested seven persons in connection with the kidnapping during the last one week, the sources added.

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