After nine days in captivity, B Ankama Rao, the Power Grid Corporation Limited engineer, who was abducted in Assam, was released by his kidnappers on Tuesday.
Though the company had received a call on Dec 25 to pay a ransom, both the company officials and the police denied any ransom being paid for the safe release of Rao. According to police and company officials, Ankama Rao was released by his abductors near river Aie in Chirang district of Assam around 4 a.m. on Tuesday morning. The work site of the company was close to the place where he was released.
‘’We have not paid any ransom for his release,’’ maintained B Seenaiah, the MD of BSCPL Infra limited.
Initially, Assam police suspected that it was National Democratic Front of Bodoland (S) which kidnapped the engineer. However T R Tegu, additional SP, Chirang informed that investigations so far point at the role of a local gang who could have kidnapped for money.
The engineer was kidnapped on November 22 by six armed personnel while he was travelling in a vehicle with three supervisors to the work site.
Narrating his experience to Express on phone, a relieved Ankama Rao said that after being kidnapped he was blindfolded and was taken on a bike for some distance after which he was taken into the jungle. ‘’Time to time they shifted me from one place to another. I was given food regularly and they used to ask me if I needed more. They did not harass me, but I was scared all the time. As the issue was about ransom, I thought they would release me someday,” he said and called up his family members to inform about his well being.
After he was released near the work site on Tuesday, he sat in a hotel waiting for an auto. ‘’I travelled in an auto and for a distance and then after spotting our company vehicle got into it and reached our camp site,’’ Ankama Rao said.
The engineer who is looking forward to get back home in Prakasam district, said that he has been working in the company for more than ten years and will continue to work in Assam.
Seenaiah expressed surprise that Ankama was released without paying any money. “We got a call from kidnappers only once and after that there was no communication from them. We were worried about Ankama,’’ said Seenaiah adding that his release was a new year gift to them.