Railway supervisor abducted by extremists in the Northeast

Shillong, June 26: A Bihar-based railway supervisor of a firm was today abducted by suspected Garo tribal militants in Meghalaya’s North Garo Hills district, police said on Wednesday.

J Narayan Rai 60, who was working as a supervisor for M/s.Rajpat MKJ Engineering and was engaged on the Northeast Frontier Railway by his company, was abducted on Tuesday evening from Tilapara village near Bakenang under Mendipathar police station, they said. The 60-year-old hails from Muzzafarpur district of Bihar.

The Northeast Frontier Railway is developing a 19.47 km broadgauge line from Assam’s Dudhnoi to Mendipathar in East Garo Hills.

Six men armed with pistols abducted Rai while he was supervising the construction of a railway bridge. We are investigating whether any ransom has been demanded said Ricky Dkhar, district Police Chief of North Garo Hills.

Though no rebel group has claimed responsibility, intelligence agencies here suspect it to be the handiwork of the Rabha Viper Army, a rebel group in the Rabha tribe–inhabited areas in Assam’s Goalpara district and certain areas of Meghalaya’s East and West Garo Hills districts.

Both Meghalaya and Assam Police have launched a hunt to locate Rai. Meghalaya police’s Swift Weapon and Tactics (SWAT) commandos along with the Army have launched a search operation.