6 WWF volunteers abducted in India -Heavily Armed gunmen have kidnapped six volunteers of World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF) from Manas national park in north-eastern India, according to officials.
The official said that the victims are three men and three women, all Indian nationals, were carrying out an elephant and tiger census when they were abducted by 20 masked rebels last Sunday. The identity of rebels is not known, but official says that a huge manhunt has now been launched by the police.
“We are concerned about the incident and we are in touch with the parties for the safe rescue of the missing people,” Dipankar Ghosh, head of the eastern Himalaya programme of WWF-India, told AFP.
The incident came within a few hours after the All Bodo Students Union (Absu) announced their intention to renew their campaign for a separate state for the Bodo people. The violent movement for separate state started in 1987 which involved bombing public transport and other crowded places. More than 2,000 people lost their lives in the campaign before Absu and other Bodo groups settled for an autonomous Bodoland Territorial Council within Assam in 2003.
Security forces in the western part of the state covering the BTC has assigned by the Assam government for high alert.