ONGC Kidnapping: Assam Police confirm ULFA(I) hand, Detain many for quizzing
Guwahati: In a major development to the ONGC abduction case, ADGP (Law and Order) GP Singh on Thursday confirmed that outlawed faction ULFA(I) was involved in the kidnapping incident at Lakwa in the undivided Sivasagar district last Tuesday.
Speaking to the media, senior Assam police official GP Singh said, “As per our preliminary investigation, involvement of ULFA(I) has come to light. Cadres of the ULFA(I) involved in the abduction case have been identified. Some over ground workers of ULFA(I) has also been identified, of which one has been apprehended.”
To unearth the conspiracy of the abduction case further, as many as 30 people were taken into police custody for questioning, informed GP Singh.
“There are two parts in the case; firstly, the kidnapping was carried out to demand ransom in exchange for releasing the victim and secondly, the cadres and overground workers of ULFA(I) tried to create instability in the state,” added GP Singh.
Meanwhile, Charaideo police along with security forces apprehended seven people in connection to the kidnapping incident.
After almost 36 hours of the incident, the family members of the kidnapped ONGC employees appealed before the District Administration and oil company ONGC to trace their whereabouts as soon as possible.
Notably, three Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited (ONGC) employees were abducted by unidentified armed gunmen at gunpoint from a workover rig at Lakwa under the undivided Sivasagar district.
Following the abduction of ONGC employees, earlier Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal directed Chief Secretary Jishnu Barua and DGP Assam Police Bhaskarjyoti Mahanta to take all possible measures for their release.