Guwahati: In a major development to the Lakwa kidnapping incident, the Superintendent of police Sivasagar Amitava Sinha informed that the armed gunmen used an ambulance to kidnap all the three ONGC employees from the workover rig in the undivided Sivasagar district last night.
Speaking to TIME8, SP Sivasagar Amitava Sinha said, “We are investigating the matter, so far there is no update on the matter, however, we have come to know that the unidentified armed men used an ambulance at the oil rig site to kidnap the ONGC employees. The ambulance belongs to the ONGC Company.”
Om Veer Singh, Executive Director cum Asset Manager, ONGC Assam Asset Nazira Headquarter told the media, “At around 1 am in the midnight hours, 5 suspected armed gunmen reached the workover rig and abducted three ONGC employees at the gunpoint in an ONGC emergency vehicle. Sivasagar District police have been conducting an investigation into the case. An FIR has also been lodged.”
As per ONGC officials, the other employees at the oil rig site tried to restrict the unidentified gunmen from kidnapping, however, failed, as they were carrying firearms.
It has also been reported that the security arrangement at several oil rig sites under ONGC is limited with just one-armed home guard or security personnel.
However, denying the facts, ONGC official Om Veer Singh added, “Our oil rig sites are fully secured and every security personnel is well equipped with firearms. But, this was an unfortunate incident, where, five armed gunmen forcefully made the security guard surrender before them at the gunpoint and abducted the three ONGC officials from Lakwa oil rig site.”
The three kidnapped ONGC employees were identified as Mohini Mohan Gogoi (Junior Technician Production), Ritul Saikia (Junior Technician Production) and Alakesh Saikia(Junior Engineering Assistant Production).
Two out of the three employees are residents of the Sivasagar colony and one from Borhola area in Jorhat’s Titabor.
So far no threatening or ransom demand has been claimed by any militant organizations in connection to the abduction incident, confirmed the ONGC official.
However, outlawed faction ULFA(I) has been suspected to be involved in the kidnapping.
It may further be mentioned that this has been the second such incident reported under ONGC after an abduction case in the year 1991.