Two tea garden executives kidnapped in Assam
Jorhat: Two executives of the Lakhimijan Tea Estate in Jorhat district of Assam were allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint by suspected miscreants from Nagaland this afternoon.
A group of four motorbike borne persons allegedly abducted the two, identified as manager Moon Mahanta and assistant manager Deepen Shoura, from their tea garden office this afternoon at around 3.30pm when the duo was distributing weekly pay to the labourers, they said.
The two were allegedly taken away towards Nagaland side, they added.
The abductors, police said, had earlier served a demand note of Rs one crore to the estate authorities alleging that their tea plantation had been extended to Nagaland soil and they need to pay the cost of the land.
And because their demand was not fulfilled, miscreants forcibly kidnapped the officials, police said, adding, that a search operation has been launched in this connection.
In 2002 miscreants from Nagaland had targetted the same tea garden in Lakhimijan, in Modhapur area under the Titabar Police Station and had abducted its then manager.
Incidentally, Titabar is the home constituency of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.