A group of miscreants equipped with arms kidnapped six villagers at Ruma Upazila in Bandarban on Sunday.
The abducted person were identified as Mong Hring Ong Marma, 45, Ugamong Marma, 50, Mong Geing Marma, 32, Singthoai Mong Marma, 32, Prusi Ong Marma, 43, and Thoai Hlaching Marma, 56.Confirming this, Ruma Police Station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Abul Kashem said, “The army and police have launched a joint operation to rescue the abducted villagers.”
Quoting local people, Shoibong Marma, Ruma Sadar union council Chairman, said some 12-13 armed men rushed into Samalkhal Parha village under Ruma Sadar union council around 1:00pm in search of the village chief U Hlaching Marma.
They later took the six villagers away and beat up several other villagers during the assault, he said.
Some locals, requesting anonymity, said some members of Mog Liberation Party demanded chicken and rice from the villagers on Saturday night.
As the villagers informed the law enforcers about the matter, the group became angry and searched for the village chief U Hlaching, they said.
The abductors had said they would release the six if the villagers handed them their chief, according to the locals.