SIVASAGAR: The Assam Jatiya Parishad (AJP) today appealed to the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) (I) to release the two abducted oil company employees safely on humanitarian ground.
AJP general secretary Jagadish Bhuyan and several party workers today visited the family of one of the abducted Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Ltd employee Pranab Kr Gogoi’s residence here and issued a statement saying: “Like other individuals and organisations of Assam, we appeal to the ULFA (I) to release the two employees on humanitarian ground.”
Stating that the entire state has always been peeved over exploitation by capitalists from outside the state, the AJP said: “However, there are democratic ways to counter their exploitation. We earnestly appeal to the ULFA (I) not to endanger lives of common people in their fight against those exploitation.”
“We also strongly believe that the ULFA (I) will honour the unanimous mandate of the people of Assam,” a statement from AJP said.
Bhuyan and his associates discussed the matter in detail with the family of Gogoi and expressed sympathy with them.
Gogoi and his colleague Ram Kumar of Bihar have been in ULFA (I) and NSCN’s captivity since December 21. The ULFA (I) had set a deadline of February 16 to their employer Quippo as well as Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments to secure their release.
Claiming that Quippo authorities did not honour the negotiation process, the ULFA (I) had threatened “extreme punishment” to the two employees in the week ahead.
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