Guwahati: Assam Police took no credit in the rescue of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) employee Ritul Saikia, who was released by the banned militant outfit of Ulfa (Independent) on Saturday morning near Indo-Myanmar borders in Nagaland.
The state police department said that the entire credit of Saikia’s release should be gone to the newly elected chief minister of the state Himanta Biswa Sarma.
The director-general of police (DGP) Assam, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta, said, “Assam Police have no role in the release of Saikia. We were involved in the rescue of the other two ONGC employees earlier but Saikia’s release happened due to the initiative of the chief minister’s efforts.”
The police chief said that Assam Police were only involved in rescuing Saikia from the Indo-Myanmar borders along with the army and Nagaland police.
“We were only told that three persons will go and need to liaison with the army and Nagaland police,” the DGP informed.
Hailing the CM’s initiative to request the outfit to release Saikia, the police chief said, “It’s the CM’s sincere appeal that has made it possible. We too had earlier appealed. I believe the outcome of the effort will yield positive results and peace will prevail.”
On Saturday morning, Saikia was released at Lungwa near the Indo-Myanmar border. He has already reached Assam.