Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu Sunday appealed to the Assam government to step up efforts to secure the release of a mining engineer from Prakasam district, N Nagamalleshwar Rao, who was allegedly kidnapped by militants near Haflong in Dima Hasao district of Assam a week ago.
His whereabouts are still unknown but Rao Sunday evening called up his local site manager and told him that he was safe and unharmed.
Andhra Chief Secretary I Y R Krishna Rao spoke with his Assam counterpart as well as the Assam DGP Sunday and requested them to ensure that Rao was released safely.
Rao was employed by a private company and had been working there since the last two years.
An Andhra Pradesh government release said the Assam Police received a ransom call from the militants.
“Andhra Pradesh officials today confirmed that Andhra engineer Nagamalleswar Rao kidnapped in Assam on Monday last is safe and that all out efforts were being made for his early release from captivity. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu who is monitoring the developments regularly has directed Chief Secretary I Y R Krishna Rao to be in constant touch with the Assam Chief Secretary and the DGP to pursue the rescue operations in the MC Hills area of Assam. The Chief Minister also instructed the Chief Secretary to give him regular updates on the rescue and search operations in Assam for Nagamalleswar Rao, an engineer of Vashista Constructions, who was kidnapped at Kalachand, about 60 km from Haflong in Assam, on June 17th,’’ the release said.
Rao is a native of Chimakurthi village in K V Palem of Prakasam district. Prakasam District SP P Pramod Kumar Sunday got in touch with the SP of MC Hills area on the progress of the search operations taken up by the Army and the special forces of Assam.
He said the Assam Police officials had confirmed that Nagamalleswar Rao had spoken at 5.45 pm with the local manager of the Vashita Constructions Company at Haflong and informed that he was safe and unharmed and that the militants were demanding ransom for his safe release.