BREAKING: Ulfa (I) gives ultimatum to Oil company; Warns of action on Feb 17
GUWAHATI: Paresh Baruah led Ulfa (Independent) on Wednesday gave an ultimatum to the Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited to take steps for the release of their two employees whom the outfit had abducted over a month back.
On December 20 last year, Ulfa (I) and NSCN had kidnapped two employees of the private company-Pranab Kumar Gogoi (51), drilling superintendent and radio operator Ram Kumar (35) were kidnapped from Kumchaikha hydrocarbon drilling site in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.
The militant outfit said that if the company doesn’t take action within February 16, then one of their kidnapped employees- Ram Kumar, radio operator of the company, may have to face dire consequences.
The outfits had reportedly demanded Rs 20 crore from the oil firm for their release.
In a statement, Ulfa (I) publicity member Rumen Asom said, “There will be no extension of time and if the company fails to act within February 16, the Ram Kumar will face action. From February 17, the Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited will be banned in Assam and Southeast Asia also.”
The militant outfit has also asked local people associated with the company to look for alternate jobs immediately.
The Ulfa (I) also warned Oil India Limited (OIL) to stop allotting oil fields of Assam. “We will take serious action on the oil companies operating in the region. During such action, we will not consider who is a local or outsider. Therefore, it’s advised to all the indigenous people and organisations associated with oil companies to find an alternate source of income.”
Earlier, on January 20, the militant outfits had released two video messages of the captive employees in which both of them were requesting the Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited as well as the state government to take immediate steps for their safe release.
Ram Kumar, who hails from Bihar, urged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to raise the matter with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. “I have been held captive for almost a month now. I urge Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to speak with Assam Chief Minister for my safe return,” he said in his video message.
In a separate video, Gogoi, who hails from Assam, said: “Since our company has done nothing for our release, I would like to request chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to kindly make arrangements for my safe return home.”
However, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal while asked about the state government’s action on the matter ducked the question on Wednesday.
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