Guwahati: Acting swiftly in the ONGC kidnapping case, the Assam Police instructed all Superintendents of Police of upper Assam districts to review the security arrangements of OIL and ONGC infrastructures under their jurisdiction, especially those located in interior places.
Following the kidnapping incident, Assam police have arrested 14 (fourteen) numbers of linkmen and sympathizers of ULFA (I) who were helping the banned outfit directly or indirectly.
In the latest development to the kidnapping case, Assam Police in a press statement confirmed that the kidnapping was done by the ULFA (I) under command of SS Maj Ganesh Lahon alias Purna Lahon and his accomplices namely, Aidyaman Asom alias Moniram Borgohain and Pradip Gogoi alias Akon.
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 work over rig site (ROM-100 III) of ONGC located within Lakwa T.E. Cholapather grant under Simaluguri PS of Sivsagar district.
The names of the kidnapped persons are Mohini Mohan Gogoi (35), Junior Technician (Production), S/o- Hemanta Gogoi, Vill No.1 Padumoni Haruali Gaon, PS- Khowang , Dist- Dibrugarh, Ritul Saikia (33), Junior Technician (Production), S/o- Shri Puna Saikia, viil- Borhula Nangal Gaon, PS- Borhula, Dist- Jorhat, Alakesh Saikia (28), Junior Engineering Assistant (Production), S/o- Lt. Robin Saikia, Vill- Hobaibondha, PS & Dist- Jorhat.
As per police reports, five militants came to the site and kidnapped the ONGC staff in an Ambulance kept in the site. They were driven to No. 5 Bakupukhuri near Charaideo T.E. under Mathurapur PS from where the kidnapped persons along with 2 kidnappers moved towards the hillside of Nagaland (Mon district of Nagaland).
Acting on a tip-off, Sivasagar Police led by SP Sivasagar, Amitava Sinha rushed to the PO and carried out a massive manhunt to nab the culprits and rescue the kidnapped persons. It was suspected that the kidnapped persons have been taken towards Nagaland. The matter was also immediately informed to the senior officers of Nagaland Police and all Army / Paramilitary bases located in the area, stated Assam police in the press statement.
Furthermore, G.P. Singh, Spl. DGP (L&O), Assam, rushed to Sivasagar on April 21 morning and camping there till now for supervising the follow-up of rescue operations.
In the meanwhile, taking to his official Twitter handle on Friday, G.P. Singh tweeted, “Use of ambulance by ULFA for kidnapping the ONGC employees – especially during pandemic – is reprehensible and a stain on humanity.”