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WWF-India seeking safe release of abducted volunteers

Six of WWF-India’s volunteers, including three women, were abducted on Sunday, Feb. 6, while conducting field monitoring for the All India Tiger Estimation Project in Chirang Forest Division of Western Assam in India. Three of the abducted women volunteers were released in the evening of Feb. 8 and are well. WWF-India has sought the support of the government authorities at the highest level and is working towards a safe release of the remaining three male volunteers.

WWF-India continues to believe that the organization's intentions of conservation are in good faith and have no bearing on any political agenda, and is hopeful that the organization's values and work in the region will prevail soon and help us in our efforts to solve this crisis. We understand the enormity of the situation and are working with the authorities to come to a resolution to the crisis at hand.


WWF-India is thankful to the Government of Assam as well as the local community and civil society groups for stepping in with their support and hopes for their continued attention till the crisis is resolved.

The WWF global network, along with the families of the volunteers, strongly appeal to all our partners, media and individuals towards continuing the support that they have shown in the last three days, in trying to maintain tranquility and move towards a quick end to the situation.