GUWAHATI, Feb 8 � Three young women who were part of a group of six persons abducted by armed men on Sunday from Manas Tiger Reserve were released this evening, according to Kokrajhar SP, PK Dutta. Sources in WWF � India have also confirmed the news.
The three women Srabana Goswami, Tarali Goswami, and Pallavi Chakravarty, were released around 6.15 pm at Bengtol close to the India-Bhutan border, the police said and added that they would get to meet their guardians tonight itself.
Police are hopeful that the three male hostages would be released unharmed very soon.
Negotiations between the abductors and those seeking release of six WWF-India volunteers had started after a channel of communication was established. A source in WWF-India confirmed that a senior personal of the organisation based in Assam was able to talk with two male hostages this morning. He was told that all of them were unharmed.
He added that the WWF was seeking the support of all peace-loving people and conservation workers who have been distraught over the highly unfortunate incident.
Meanwhile, the police and paramilitary forces are also monitoring the situation, and it is believed that they have already gathered some information about those behind the abduction. However, the police continued to be tightlipped about the strategy that would be adopted if the release did not take place soon.
It may be mentioned that six young researchers were abducted by an armed group on the afternoon of February 6 from Ultapani area of Manas Tiger Reserve. The three young women and three men were engaged in carrying out a survey on Tiger Occupancy when they were taken away.