SHILLONG: Insurgency in the region has been at wane over the last few months with increasing number of cadres coming overground, the only concern for law enforcement authorities is the rise in abductions which have become the order of the day in Garo Hills region.
According to a handout Home Ministry report which was briefed through local media at least 98 persons were were abducted in Meghalaya between January and June 2015.
Recently on June 15, a 70 year-old Catholic priest at Imbloka village of Rongara in South Garo Hills fell into the hands of these goons but was released on July 5 on receiving the ransom money. Two cases of kidnapping were reported in the last three weeks.
While speaking to mediapersons police said that they suspect the involvement of Bangladeshi nationals with help by Indian nationals.
South Garo Hills is densely forested and is close to 443-kilometer-long Indo-Bangladesh border in Meghalaya. A two day security meet of the DGPs and IGPs of Northeastern states and heads of central police organizations based in the North East recently met which tabled discussions on border management to insurgency. On the otherhand the BSF and BGB would be on high alert after the Dhaka Attack which would prompt them to raise this issue for the safety and security of the people.
(Inputs from agencies)
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