Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma Meets Abducted ONGC Employee Ritul Saikia’s Family

The two other employees, Alakesh Saikia and Mohini Mohan Gogoi were rescued by security forces after an encounter with the abductors on April 24 in the district when they were on their way to Myanmar.

Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday assured the family of abducted ONGC official Ritul Saikia that the government was making every effort to secure his release.

Sarma called the family at Borholla in Jorhat district this morning and met Ritul’s parents and wife along with their four-month-old child.

He later told reporters that as per information, Ritul was being held by the ULFA (I) inside Myanmar and was being looked after well.

The proscribed outfit had earlier said that they had handed over Ritul and two other ONGC employees it had abducted on April 21 from Lakwa in Assam to residents of a village in Mon district in neighbouring Nagaland.

The two other employees, Alakesh Saikia and Mohini Mohan Gogoi were rescued by security forces after an encounter with the abductors on April 24 in the district when they were on their way to Myanmar. Ritul has since been missing with the ULFA (I) washing its hands off him.

Sarma said mediators were at work to try and get Ritul released and hoped he would return soon. He, however, refrained from divulging details.

On Ulfa (I)’s declaration of ceasefire for three months on account of the Covid-19 situation in the state, Sarma said there was nothing formal about it and the government would act the way it has to with militants.

“They did not declare the ceasefire in consultation with the government. There are no ground rules, we don’t know where the outfit’s cadres are… this is not a ceasefire like the one with the NSCN (IM),” he said while once again appealing to the outfit’s deputy chief and army commander, Paresh Barua, to come forward for talks.

The unilateral ceasefire declaration came after two persons died in a grenade blast at Tingrai in the Tinsukia district. Before that, a 12-year-old boy was killed in a grenade explosion at Jagun in the same district. The Ulfa (I), however, had denied any role in the two incidents.

Indian Army, Assam Rifles Rescue 2 Kidnapped ONGC Employees, Efforts on to Trace Third Abductee

The Indian Army and Assam Rifles rescued two of three state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) in Mon district who were allegedly abducted by “unknown armed miscreants” in Assam early on Wednesday. The operation is underway to trace the third ONGC employee.

The police recovered one AK 47 from the area.

The abducted ONGC employees, including two Junior Engineer Assistants (Production) and one Junior Technician (Production), were taken by a group of armed militants in an operational vehicle that belongs to ONGC.

The abducted employees were identified as Mohini Mohan Gogoi, Ritul Saikia, and Alakesh Saikia.

In the operation that began in Mon, Nagaland last night, Gogoi and Alakesh Saikia were rescued

According to a report,  police suspect that the militant group United Liberation Front of Assam was behind the kidnapping.

“The abducted employees were taken by the miscreants in an operational vehicle belonging to ONGC,” the company tweeted. “Later, the vehicle was found abandoned near the Nimonagarh jungles close to the Assam-Nagaland border. A complaint has been lodged by ONGC with the local police.”

News agency PTI reported that three men were whisked away in an ambulance. And there is specific information that the kidnapping was carried out by ULFA(I) under the command of its self-styled major Ganesh Lahon @ Purna Lahon and his accomplices Aidyaman Asom @ Moniram Borgohain and Pradip Gogoi @ Akon, an Assam, a police release said.

The Assam police have arrested 14 ULFA(I) linkmen and sympathizers who had allegedly helped the banned outfit directly or indirectly.

 

Source: PTI

Three ONGC employees abducted in Assam

New Delhi, Apr 21  Three employees of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) were abducted by unknown armed militants from a rig site in Assam on Wednesday, the company said.

The employees were abducted in a company vehicle from the Lakwa field of Sivasagar district, in Assam.

"3 ONGC employees, 2 Junior Engineer Assistants (Production) & a Junior Technician (Production) have been abducted by unknown armed miscreants in the early hours of 21 April 2021. The abduction took place on a rig site of ONGC in Lakwa field of Sivasagar District," the company said in a tweet.

Whereabouts of the kidnapped employees were not known and kidnappers have not made any contact with the family or the company so far, a source in ONGC said.

"The abducted employees were taken by the miscreants in an operational vehicle belonging to ONGC. Later, the vehicle was found abandoned near the Nimonagarh jungles close to the Assam-Nagaland border," ONGC said in another tweet. "A complaint has been lodged by ONGC with the local police."

ONGC has been exploring and producing oil and gas in the Upper Assam region since the early 1960s.

"Higher officials of the State Police are on the site. Local administration has been informed about the incident and ONGC is in constant touch with the higher authorities," it added.