Guwahati: All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) Titabar unit on Saturday appealed before the outlawed faction to clarify its stand on the whereabouts of the kidnapped ONGC employee Ritul Saikia and appealed for his immediate release.
It’s the 11th day of the kidnapping incident; however, the whereabouts of the third ONGC employee is not yet been ascertained by the security forces or by the Assam police.
Speaking to the media, Titabar AASU secretary Sankarjyoti Baruah said, “Looking at the ongoing COVID crisis in the entire nation and the state of Assam, ULFA(I) should think about the family members of Ritul Saikia who are under extreme fear and anxiety following his kidnapping incident. There shouldn’t be any hidden politics, in this case, he should be released immediately.”
Earlier, ULFA(I) in a press statement had claimed that Ritul Saikia was released along with other two ONGC employees at a remote village in the Mon district of Nagaland. The militant organization also alleged the possibility of Ritul’s death during a counter-attack by the Indian army following the rescue operation.
On the other hand, special DG, Assam police GP Singh refuting all the statements made by the outlawed faction told the media earlier on April 28 that Ritul Saikia is still under the clutches of militant organization and the search operations by the security forces are on.
It is to be noted that in the early hours of April 21, 2021 at about 1 am, suspected ULFA (I) militants kidnapped 3 persons from a workover rig site (ROM-100 III) of ONGC located within Lakwa T.E. Cholapather grant under Simaluguri PS of Sivsagar district.