Kidnap: The 27-year-old who was abducted on July 18 from the Indian settlement of Dadgari bordering Gelephu town was released on August 8 after paying a ransom of Nu 200,000, relatives of the victim said.
The victim returned alone from the jungle at the edge of Paitakhola, which is about 7km towards from Sarpang from Gelephu, at around 7:30am on Thursday.
The victim has told his relative that he was released inside the Bhutanese border, which is about three km from the Sarpang-Gelephu highway.
The man is with his parents at their residence in Jigmeling.
The man had gone to the “Thursday” market in Dadgari, two km from the Gelephu border gate, when some unidentified miscreants took him away.
The miscreants had earlier demanded a ransom of Nu 2.5M, according to relatives.
The ransom amount, borrowed from friends and relatives, was paid a day before his release.
Gelephu residents say the government needs to be more concerned about the abduction cases happening along the southern borders. Since October last year, six people in Sarpang district have been kidnapped and released after paying a ransom.
A resident said paying ransoms is encouraging abductions. “We’re not rich and how long are we going to pay them?” a resident said.
Some observers, however, say that, if money was the real motive, there are many well to do residents in Gelephu whom the kidnappers could abduct and demand huge sums. “There’s something more to it,” an elderly Gelephu resident said.
By Tshering Namgyal, Gelephu