Four Bru militants, believed to be involved in several abductions, including that of West Bengal telecommunications professional Deep Mandal, have been arrested, Mizoram Police said.
Mandal and two others were kept in captivity for 119 days in the jungles of eastern Bangladesh before being released on March 23. Mandal, 25, was on assignment for Noida-based Telecom Network Solutions, a company then working for Airtel.
Criminal Investigation Department (Special Branch) officers caught the four suspected militants at a hotel in Silchar, the headquarters of Assam’s Cachar district, on Saturday night and have brought them to Aizawl.
Thlamuana, 36, was the prize catch. He is believed to have made ransom calls to Mandal’s family. The other three (all in early 20s) are suspected to be low ranking members of armed criminal gang Bru Democratic Front of Mizoram (BDFM).
All four are residents of Naisingpara relief camp for internally displaced Bru tribals, a senior police officer said. Naisingpara is the largest of the six relief camps in North Tripura district of Tripura.
Armed gangs of Bru tribals in the past few years have aided militant group National Liberation Front of Tripura in carrying out kidnappings for ransom in Mizoram’s western areas bordering Bangladesh. The abducted persons are whisked away across the international border out of reach of Indian security agencies.