A group of armed men abducted six villagers from Ruma Upazila in the hilly district of Bandarban on Sunday.
The abductees are 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.The attackers also beat up other villagers during the assault on Samalkhal Parha under Ruma Sadar union council.
The army and police started an operation to rescue the abducted villagers, Ruma Police Station Officer-in-charge (OC) Abul Kashem said.
Citing locals, Ruma Sadar union council Chairman Shoibong Marma told media that a group of 12 to 13 armed men came to the village around 1:00pm and searched for the village chief U Hlaching Marma.
They later took the six villagers, Shoibong said.
The residents of the village fled in panic and took shelter in nearby villages, he said, adding that he was going to the area.
Locals 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 persons if the villagers hand over the village chief to them.