Two kidnapped Assam businessmen rescued after three days

Two businessmen kidnapped at gunpoint over the weekend from Assam's main city Guwahati were rescued by security forces early Wednesday, officials said.

A police spokesperson said Bishnu Kedia and Sanjay Agarwal, both abducted Sunday, were rescued from Sonapur on the outskirts of Guwahati.

'Due to intense security operations, the kidnappers probably felt the heat and abandoned the duo for fear of being captured,' a senior police official said.

Kedia and Agarwal, who run a dairy business in Guwahati, were kidnapped by at least four people midnight Sunday from near their factory in the Sasal area.

'Last three days we were made to shift locations frequently and we presumed it was a hilly area. We didn't know much about the locations as we were blindfolded,' Agarwal told IANS.

'We didn't know why we were kidnapped, but the abductors never misbehaved with us,' he said.

The captors called up the family members of the hostages twice and asked them to wait until further communication.

'The kidnappers probably wanted to first shift them to some safe place before bargaining with their families for ransom. But with intense security operations, the captors realised it would be futile to hold them hostage and so decided to release them,' the official said.

The identity of the abductors is yet to be ascertained.

'We are sure the kidnapping was done for money, but the kidnappers could be either militants or criminals who knew them,' the official said.