Shillong: The body of an Intelligence Bureau officer and a cloth merchant, kidnapped by tribal Garo militants were recovered from a village in Meghalaya’s South Garo Hills district on Saturday, police said. Police team led by Deputy Superintendent of Police Chauenlai Sangma recovered the bodies from Bolchugre village, bordering Bangladesh.
“We have recovered the body of Intelligence Bureau officer Bikash Singh and cloth merchant Kamal Saha, who were kidnapped and killed by A’chik Songna An’pachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) militants, from a forest area in South Garo Hills district,” Meghalaya police chief Rajiv Mehta told.
ASAK militants kidnapped the two on September 24 at gunpoint from an area between Ampangre and Panda reserve forest. Mr Singh and Mr Saha were travelling in a public vehicle towards Baghmara from Rongara when ASAK militants stopped the vehicle, separated them from other passengers and took them away.
Meghalaya Police and intelligence agencies maintained that the ASAK militants were behind the abduction. “We have identified the ASAK militants who are the prime accused in kidnapping and killing the IB official and the cloth merchant. It is just a matter of time that they will be arrested,” said a senior police official said.