Assam:2 Kidnapped Train Drivers Rescued

Two train drivers of North-East Frontier Railway, kidnapped by militants of NDFB (anti-talk faction) a month ago, were rescued by police from north Assam's Sonitpur district.

The two drivers were rescued from a remote place five km away from Hugrajuli under Dhekiajuli police station, Additional Superintendent of Police P K Nath, who led the rescue operation, said.

The two were in good health and they claimed their kidnappers did not torture them, Nath said.

The clue to the location of the place where the two were kept in hiding was provided by a National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militant Gendha Basumatary alias Brisat Basumatary, who was nabbed by army intelligence and handed over to the police on Friday.

The two drivers, Ajit Chiring Phukan and Nirmal Chandra Buragohain, were abducted near Bhalukpung in the district bordering Arunachal Pradesh on August 29.A group of armed NDFB militants had stopped the Bhalukpung Passenger at a place between Gamani and Bhalukpung railway stations and taken them away.

Two other railway employees -- a guard and a clerk -- taken away with the train drivers to a nearby jungle, were, however, later let off.