Guwahati: In a major breakthrough, the Sivasagar police on Saturday claimed to have got vital clues in the alleged ONGC kidnapping by the outlawed faction ULFA(I).
Police also arrested one Biraj Chetia in connection to the incident.
Addressing a press conference in this regard, Sivasagar SP Amitava Sinha said, “As per our investigation, one Biraj Chetia of Sivasagar district was found to be directly involved in supplying a bike in the kidnapping case. Biraj was apprehended with the help of Dibrugarh police. He was staying as a tenant at Banipur area in Dibrugarh for last 2 years.”
SP Sinha informed that Biraj was arrested after Sivasagar police recovered one Suzuki Hayate motorcycle (with no number plate) a few kilometers away from the kidnapping spot. “Police traced the engine number and chassis number of the two-wheeler vehicle to chase Biraj,” asserted the SP.
“As the investigation progressed, police found that it was a pre-planned attempt by ULFA(I) to use the motorcycle in the kidnapping of the ONGC employees,” added SP Sinha.
“On being interrogated further, Biraj revealed before the police that he was directed in a telephonic call by Biplobjyoti Mohan to get ULFA(I) a motorcycle,” SP told the media.
SP Sinha also mentioned that an amount of Rs 20,000 was also deposited by ULFA(I) in Biraj’s bank account for purchasing a motorcycle and accordingly a motorcycle worth Rs 18,000 was purchased by him.
As instructed by Biplobjyoti Mohan, Biraj handed over the motorcycle to two persons at Moran Tiniali.
In the meanwhile, Sivasagar police also suspected that Biplobjyoti Mohan Facebook page is operated by Aiecheng Asom, who supposedly handles the social media section of the outlawed faction.
SP Sinha further blamed ULFA(I) for misusing social media to use Assam youths for subversive activities in the state.
Earlier, Assam police have arrested 14 (fourteen) numbers of linkmen and sympathizers of ULFA (I) who were helping the banned outfit directly or indirectly.