KOKRAJHAR, Feb 17 � Bowing to enormous pressure from security forces and several organisations the anti-talk NDFB finally released the three WWF volunteers from their captivity at Balajan-Tiniali area under Kokrajhar Police Station today around 11.30 am, said SP Kokrajhar, PK Dutta.
According to the SP all the three captives were brought in a Tata Indica by the NDFB cadres and dropped at Balajan-Tiniali about 12 kilometres from Kokrajhar PS and subsequently picked up by a team of police and security personnels. All of them were unharmed and provided medical care, he said.
SP Dutta also revealed that the NDFB (anti talk) had kidnapped the WWF volunteers for ransom only but the incident was most unfortunate and detrimental to the NDFBs stand vis-a-vis peace talks. He cautioned the NDFB cadres to desist from such activities as they had already declared unilateral ceasefire on December 31.SP Dutta also said that NDFB wanted to cover up its act of extortion and abduction by an organisation �Aronoi� which was non-existent. He said so far he knew NDFB could not succeed in its extorsion bid.
The SP further said that although police were aware of the involvement of NDFB in this case and sure of the whereabouts of the hostages the security forces abstained from striking heavily on NDFB due to the safety of the captives.
The three WWF volunteers released today are Gautam Kishore Sharma, Pranjit Saikia and Sayed Nausad Zaman.