TURA, Oct 31: A school teacher cum assistant pastor of the village of Kakhija under CHokpot PS in South Garo Hills was kidnapped from his home early on Wednesday morning allegedly by two men with shot guns leaving the entire Garo Hills in shock.
The teacher, identified as 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.
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.
“Two people came with guns and took him from his house. He was scared after seeing guns and left without resisting. We appeal to his abductors to release him without harm as he has 3 children and is also a Church elder,” said Balkarin when contacted.
Confirming the incident, 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.