ONGC captives taken towards Nagaland; 14 ULFA (I) sympathisers arrested

ONGC captives taken towards Nagaland; 14 ULFA (I) sympathisers arrested


GUWAHATI: Assam police has so far arrested 14 persons suspected of involvement in the United Liberation Front of Axom (ULFA-I) abduction of 3 Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) employees for ransom.

Assam Police issuing a release today said that it had received specific information that the kidnapping has been done by the ULFA (I) under command of Ganesh Lahon alias Puma Lahon and his accomplices Aidyaman Asom alias Moniram Borgohain and Pradip Gogoi alias Akon.

"In the meanwhile, police has arrested 14 (fourteen) numbers of linkmen and sympathizers of ULFA (I) who were helping the banned outfit directly or indirectly," the release stated, adding, "All Superintendents of Police of upper Assam districts have been instructed to review the security arrangements of OIL and ONGC infrastructures under their jurisdiction, especially those located in interior places."

Five militants came to the site and kidnapped the ONGC staff in an ambulance kept in the site. They were driven to No. 5 Bakupukhuri near Charaideo T.E. from where the kidnapped persons along with 2 kidnappers moved towards the Mon district of Nagaland.

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Two junior technicians -- Mohini Mohan Gogoi (35), Ritul Saikia (33), and junior engineering engineer Alakesh Saikia (28) were abducted during the intervening night of April 20 and 21 2021 from the workover rig site (ROM-100 III) in Sivsagar district.

Police were informed about the incident at 5.30 AM. Immediately after receiving the information, Sivsagar Police led by SP, Sivasagar rushed to the PO and carried out a massive manhunt to nab the culprits and rescue the kidnapped persons.

It is suspected that the kidnapped persons have been taken towards Nagaland. "The matter was also immediately informed to the senior officers of Nagaland Police and all army/paramilitary bases located in the area," informed Assam police.

G.P. Singh, Additional DGP (Law and Order) rushed to Sivasagar on April 21 and is camping there to supervise the follow-up of rescue operations.

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Edited By: Rana Pratap Saikia
Published On: Apr 24, 2021