“May all these young tiger and elephant counters find their way home safely. Our prayers, hearts and support go out to all involved. Stay in prayer ans visualize them home safely. Use prayer not despair.” -Mother Nature
A massive manhunt led by hundreds of police, Army and BSF personnel are searching the jungles of Haltugaon division in Kokrajhar district and in Manas National Park in Chirang districttrying to find three male WWF-India volunteers who were abducted on February 6. The whereabouts of Gautam Kishore Sarma, Pranjal Saikia and Syed Naushad Zaman is not known for the past four days.
Six WWF volunteers were kidnapped. The three women were released and found wandering on the edge of the tiger reserve.
No one group has taken credit for the abduction. Although a spokesperson for the abductors is negotiating the ransom. A senior police official said the militants had whisked away the WWF-India activists for a huge ransom. A search operation had been launched in Ripu Chirang Wildlife Sanctuary bordering the foothills of Bhutan to rescue them. “The three WWF activists have been held captive somewhere along the Indo-Bhutan border. Efforts are on to rescue them,” an SSB official said on condition of anonymity, adding they were trying level best to rescue them. All the forces have already been deployed, the official said.
A pall of gloom has descended on the families of the three boys, members of WWF-India and forest officials since the unknown Bodo militants kidnapped the WWF activists on Sunday evening. The conservation volunteers were kidnapped by a 20-member gang of Bodo armed
militants at Ultapani reserve forest. An unknown Bodo militant group, ARONAI’, is behind the kidnapping.
“May all these young tiger and elephant counters find their way home safely. Our prayers, hearts and support go out to all involved. Stay in prayer ans visualize them home safely Use prayer not despair.” -Mother Nature
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