Abducted engineer P Krishna Rao was released on Tuesday after a month's captivity by National Democratic Front of Bodoland militants in Assam's Kokrajhar district, police said. Rao, who was abducted on October 16 by militants of the NDFB anti-talks faction, was released in Karigaon area around 1200 hours, they said.
He was immediately whisked away by police to an unknown destination for medical check-up and questioning. "We have received information that he has been released. He spoke to me over phone. He told me that he is safe," Rao's wife Rajeswari said at their native place Gannavaram in Krishna district in Hyderabad. She said Rao is presently in the custody of police and is likely to arrive at Gannavaram by Thursday.
The 53-year old project manager of Hyderabad-based Gayatri PCI, hailing from Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh, was kidnapped by five heavily-armed militants from the construction site on National Highway-31 at Joypur under Kokrajhar police station. The company has been engaged by National Highway Authority of India to construct the four-lane highway in Lower Assam.