June 28, 2008 11:16:19 pm
A maternal uncle of Getem Apang, son of former Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Gegong Apang, has been arrested along with two others in connection with his kidnapping.
The arrests have come with Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu saying on Friday that the government could not be blamed if family members were involved in the crime.
Both Getem and Narendra Rai, his music teacher who was also abducted along with him on June 18, returned home on Thursday night.
“It is unfortunate that Getem and his music teacher were abducted from the heart of the state capital, but what can the government do if family members are involved in it?” Khandu, who had dislodged Apang in April last year, told a press conference here.
“It is unfortunate that political mileage is being derived from the incident by attempting to show my government in poor light.”
Home Minister Jarbom Gamlin said Getem’s uncle Tahak Tatak and two others, including former Bodo militant Upen Basumatry, were arrested on June 21 following inputs from the Assam police, state police and the Army.
Though the police had cordoned off a predominantly Bodo forested area on the Assam-Arunachal border, they could not rescue Getem and his music teacher considering the possible risk to their lives, Gamlin said.
Director General of Police Ajay Chadda said both Getem and Rai returned home on their own.
Four more people involved in the abduction have been identified and their antecedents being checked, the DGP added.
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