Tura, Oct 31: A school teacher was kidnapped today morning in Kakhija under CHokpot PS in South Garo Hills.
A school teacher cum assistant pastor was allegedly kidnapped by two men with shot guns leaving the entire Garo Hills in shock.
Police said the victim, Sundaybirth Ch Marak (43) was at home sleeping when he heard loud knocks after which he went to open the door. He was immediately accosted by the two still to be identified criminals. He was taken at about 12:15 am this morning, Oct 30.
Marak is a teacher in the Kenegre UP School as well as the assistant pastor of the Lower Kakhija Baptist Church. Incidentally he is also the elder brother of Garoland State Movement Committee (GSMC) co chairman, Balkarin Ch Marak who rushed to his brother’s house.
Speaking to reporters, SP of SGH, Abraham T Sangma said, “A total of 6 people came to his house with two knocking on his door. He was taken by the group. We are taking a stock of the situation and will be able to update later with details.”
The incident has created a storm in Garo Hills with most seeking a strong operation against the culprits behind the kidnapping of the teacher.
“This is extremely bad news for us as Garo Hills was just ushering into peace. The condemnable act will create a fear psychosis amongst the people once again and was not needed. We hope the police is able to quickly take the situation under control. We don’t want to go back to the dark ages of Garo Hills again,” said social activist, Silning D Sangma.
Many have also called for a joint operation between the people and public to root out such criminal gangs in the region.
“We are shocked at the incident and demand the immediate release of the teacher. Garo Hills does not need any more incidents like these,” added another activist, Maxbirth G Momin.