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Customs stations in North East paralysed

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Shillong, May 4 (UNI) Functioning at 20 odd Land Customs Stations (LCS) in the North Eastern region came to a grinding halt as the Central Customs and Excise Welfare Association (CCEWA) decided to go on strike seeking safe release of two abducted customs officials.

Customs (Preventive) Commissioner of the North Eastern region R D Negi told reporters here today that representatives of the CCEWA had apprised him on Monday of their decision to go on strike till the release of the abducted officials.

Customs Superintendent Dharani Borah and Inspector Mrinal Sharma were abducted by suspected United Achik National Front (UANF) militants on April 26 from near Gasuapara in South Garo Hills, about 400 km from here.

According to police sources, the militants took the abducted officials into Bangladeshi territory and later sent a ransom note of Rs 1.5 crore. It was suspected that the two officials were held captive somewhere in Mymensing district.

Government sources said that the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) along with Bangladeshi police raided several places in the border districts of Mymensing and Sunamganj in search of the abducted officials.

According to police sources, the State Government would soon file a report on the abduction of the two officials to the Union Home Ministry.

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