At least five employees of a petrol pump were kidnapped at gunpoint by suspected members of Karbi Peoples Liberation Tiger (KPLT) in Bokakhat police station area in Golaghat district, police said today.
Senior police officers said 10 to 12 motorcycle-borne youths came from the adjacent Karbi-Anglong side last night and forced the five employees sleeping inside a truck parked on the premises of the petrol pump beside NH-37 to get on their bikes. They took the employees towards Karbi Anglong hill side.
Extensive search operation had been launched to rescue the kidnapped persons, the officials said, adding that the outfit had served an extortion notice to several small and medium business establishments along the NH-37, claiming they were functioning on their land and periodically demanded money from them. The kidnapped employees are Kulandar Singh, Dharmendra Singh (both from Uttar Pradesh), Boloram Das, Mithu Das, Sunny Das (all from Assam), the officials said.