Kidnapped DBI Staff Rescued

GUWAHATI, (C.M. Paul) – First Information Report from Guwahati speaks of a kidnap of two Don Bosco Institute (DBI) Kharguli staff and their miraculous rescue.

In a letter informing about the same, the DBI Director Fr V.M. Thomas said, “ we had a scary but providential experience of kidnap of two of our senior and experienced staff members working in our outreach programmes for the deprived children and youth in Kokrajhar area [in Bodoland],”

Fr Thomas quickly added, “through immediate and timely intervention and God’s power, they escaped to safety and are back to normal work.”

Reflecting on the traumatic incident he said, “the experience has taught us many lessons: the impending dangers of working with the deprived in sensitive areas filled with insurgency and militancy where many militant groups work for their own vested interests; the networking with Government and other stakeholders; support of the local population; courage and determination to overcome obstacles; and above all FAITH in God’s Almighty Power.”

He concluded with a request for prayer, “please continue to support us in our efforts to transform the underprivileged society in our region.”

Meanwhile, netvindia.com reports, “the two teachers Debo Kumar Dutta and Nitu Kalita, who were kidnapped on Thursday (23 Feb) evening, were rescued by Birsa Commando Force on Saturday (25 Feb) morning from Nayekgaon Bedlangmari area in Kokrajhar.

According to police the kidnappers were forced to flee and then released the duo after security forces surrounded the area. The kidnappers released the two teachers after the area had been surrounded by security forces. The teachers then walked through the jungle adjacent to Chakrachila Wildlife Sanctuary and made way to a village from where the police rescued them. The kidnappers took way rupees 28,000, ATM cards, mobile phones that the two teachers were carrying.

Talking to the media at Kokrajhar police station one of the kidnapped teachers Nitu Kalita said that they were coming towards their rented place when they were stopped and had taken them away towards some jungle. The kidnappers told them that they were NDFB cadres and had taken them hostage for ransom. But going by their face and language it was revealed that they are Santhals.

Kokrajhar SP, Jitmol Doley said that they have some clues which lead to the arrest of Nilson Kisku, a member of the Birsa Commondo Force. Nilson Kisku stays near the Don Bosco Institute and he might have been following the movement of the teachers.

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