TURA, July 2 � In a daring operation, West Garo Hills police rescued one Utpal Dey, a primary school teacher unharmed from the clutches of alleged ASAK militants at about 9.30 pm last night.
This is the fourth case of police rescue in the last two weeks. Dey was abducted by a group of seven ASAK militants, who stopped the auto rickshaw he was travelling in on his way to Dalu.
Police said, �We launched the night operation in the village of Sasatgre, about 35 kms from Tura. Our firing was limited, but the militants fled from the scene as soon as they came to know of our presence, leaving Dey behind.�
The firing lasted about five minutes by which time the militants had already fled into the jungle. SP of WGH, Mukesh Singh said, the police took cognisance of the incident and began its search operation.
Dey is now safe in his house in Chaipani in Dalu. The primary school teachers� abduction had led to a huge outcry from residents, who came out openly against the abduction of teachers. Reportedly, an amount of Rs 20 lakh was demanded from the family of Dey, before his rescue. Meanwhile, the West Garo Hills police has launched a massive combing operation for the kidnapped trader, Tapan Saha who was kidnapped on June 29 by suspected ANVC (B) militants.