Bru ultras demand ransom for hostage release
Newmai News Network
AIZAWL, January 12
[dropcap]A [/dropcap]day before the search operation begins, Bru militants now said that the ransom money be arranged by the families of the victims if the hostages are to be released following the Mizoram government’s strong objection to pay the ransom.
On November 23 last, a taxi driver from Mamit Sanglianthanga, son of Vanlalhmuaka; pickup truck driver from Zuangtui Muanna Veng, Aizawl, Lalzamliana, son of Buanga; and an engineer from Airtel Company Deep Mondal, son of Nikil Mondal, were been abducted by Bru Democratic Front of Mizoram from Old Chikha Anti Poaching camp between Damparengpui and Rajiv Nagar village along Tripura-Mizoram and Bangladesh border in Mamit district. The kidnappers have demanded Rs 5 crore as ransom from the Mizoram government.MZP, Zoram Taxi Driver’s Association, Mizoram Pickup Owner & Driver Association, Mizoram Pickup Service Association, Aizawl Bru Welfare Committee, Bru Cultural Organisation and Bru Christian Fellowship have decided to carry out massive search operation from January 13.
The kidnappers had demanded the ransom from the government, whereas the government today objected to give the ransom money.
Sources said that after 51 days since their abduction on November 23, 2013, Sanglianthanga and his two compatriots namely Lalzamliana and a Deep Mondal contacted their relatives over telephone last Friday who told them that their kidnappers wanted them to arrange ransom by contributing among the victims’ families.
According to Lalhmuakliana, father of Sanglianthanga, he was contacted by his son over phone informing him that the kidnappers desperately wanted his family along with Deep Mondal’s working company (Airtel) to collect money in group and arrange ransom. However, the kidnappers did not dictate the fixed amount when he was told by his son, Lalhmuakliana said.