Assam: Police warns Oil India, ONGC of possible militant attack

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The meeting decided to educate employees and officers on numerous security risks, and steps were taken as a result.
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Assam: Police warns Oil India, ONGC of possible militant attack
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Assam: Police warns Oil India, ONGC of possible militant attack

GUWAHATI: The Assam Police has issued an advisory to Oil India Ltd (OIL) and ONGC regarding possible subversive activities by proscribed ULFA(I) militants on their installations and personnel in the state.

According to the sources, following meeting with various authorities like as the CISF and AISF, the two PSU energy majors have taken the security input “seriously” and have already issued a series of “dos and don’ts” for their employees.

A telephone advice was provided to Oil India officials on probable strikes, including kidnapping of officials, on the company’s installations by the ULFA (I), sources stated.

Many areas where oil rigs are located become inaccessible during the monsoon. As a result, we inform the companies about the security issue. This is something that happens on a regular basis, said official.

OIL spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika said the company received some intelligence input from the police earlier this week from its field headquarters in Duliajan.

An internal meeting was held right away and Resident Chief Executive In-Charge presided over it. Senior officials from the CISF, AISF OIL Security and other departments were in attendance, Hazarika stated.

The meeting decided to educate employees and officers on numerous security risks, and steps were taken as a result, he claimed.

In accordance to the Assam Police’s advise on OIL personnel movement and company operations, steps were made, Tridiv added.

According to the sources, ONGC confirmed that the company had received a security alert about probable ULFA(I) actions against the company and its employees.

After consulting with security organisations, we have taken several steps to protect our assets and employees, said official.

Meanwhile, the Assam Police notified OIL in a letter on February 22 that “reliable intelligence input” indicated ULFA(I) was planning subversive actions in Dibrugarh.

Whereas, three employees of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) were kidnapped by ULFA(I) militants from the Lakwa oilfield in Sivasagar district, near the Assam-Nagaland border on April 21, last year.

However, two employees were rescued on April 24 after an encounter near the India-Myanmar border in Mon district of Nagaland, while the third was released by ULFA(I) militants after 31 days on May 22.

In April last year, two employees of the Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure were released by ULFA(I) after three-and-half months of their kidnap on December 21, 2020.

The duo was kidnapped from Kumchaikha hydrocarbon drilling site in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh with a demand for a ransom of Rs 20 crore.

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