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TURA, Feb 9:

The South West Garo Hills police today managed to rescue the three Assam-based traders, who were kidnapped by miscreants earlier this week, in an early morning raid. They were rescued this morning from near the village of Taktaki under Ampati PS in SWGH.

However, the gang behind the abduction was able to escape while the police were busy securing the hostages.

The three identified as Masidul Islam (24), Bipul Miah (24) and Aptar Hussian (18) apparently went missing sometime between Feb 5-6 though no initial reports were available with the police administration.

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The three victims were reportedly kidnapped by armed miscreants when they took a late night vehicle towards one of the weekly markets in Garo Hills.

The three were vegetable vendors in different markets in Garo Hills and had been travelling late night to arrive at their destinations early. The three traders were abducted on the road between Ampati and Salmanpara in SWGH district.

The case of kidnapping was confirmed only after the families of the victims received ransom demands.

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A search and rescue operation to rescue the victim as well as apprehend the criminals had been undertaken by police after they were informed of the abduction.

“No money was exchanged before there rescue and we are still on the lookout for the suspects,” said superintendent of police, SWGH, Rithuraj Ravi.

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