January 29, 2021

ULFA-I sets Feb 16 deadline for oil company employee hostages

The outlawed terror outfit, United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I) has said it has set a deadline i.e February 16 to decide the fate of the two employees of private sector oil company it had abducted last month.

Pranab Kumar Gogoi, a drilling superintendent, and Ram Kumar, a radio operator of Delhi-based Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Ltd, were kidnapped at gunpoint by ULFA (I) insurgents from the drilling site in Innao area of Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district on December 21 last year.

The ULFA-I, which is currently headed by its “commander-in-chief” Paresh Barua, in a statement issued to the media, said that if the drilling company “fails to take positive steps to secure the release of their employees by February 16, the outfit would take action against one of the hostages, Ram Kumar, on February 17”.

“If Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Ltd fail to meet our demands, the company would not be allowed to operate in Assam and South East Asia,” it said but did not specify its demands.

Arunachal Pradesh Police chief R.P. Upadhyaya said from Itanagar that the militants had earlier demanded Rs 20 crore to release the two.

The security forces of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh are searching the location of the hostages to rescue them.

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