Guwahati: Hitting back at the banned faction ULFA (I) Special DGP Assam GP Singh on Wednesday claimed that the outlawed faction is yet to release the third ONGC employee Ritul Saikia.
Refuting all the facts and statements made by the banned faction ULFA(I), Special DGP Assam, GP Singh told the media, “As per our latest information received from the Assam Rifles and Indian Army, we got to know that ULFA(I) hasn’t released ONGC employee Ritul Saikia yet. We have inputs that he is with them in Mon district of Nagaland.”
The operation led by the Assam Rifles, Indian Army and Nagaland police is still going on. “We are hopeful that we will rescue ONGC employee Ritul Saikia very soon,” added GP Singh.
Singh also appealed before the banned faction to release Ritul Saikia as soon as possible.
“Many police personnel have been deputed in the recovery operation of Ritul Saikia amidst the pandemic situation in the state, it will be good, if ULFA(I) can release him soon, as these policemen can come forward to lend a helping to the people of Assam amidst the COVID crisis,” GP Singh added further.
Earlier on Saturday, the banned outfit ULFA(I) claimed to have released all the three kidnapped ONGC employees at remote village Takak Chingkhu in Nagaland’s Mon district in the midnight hours.
In a press statement, ULFA(I) Captain Rumel Asom said, “Ritul Saikia possibly might have been killed during a counter-attack by the Indian army or else they must have hidden him somewhere.”
It is to be noted that in the early hours of April 21, 2021 at about 1 am, a few suspected ULFA (I) militants kidnapped 3 persons from a workover rig site (ROM-100 III) of ONGC located within Lakwa T.E. Cholapather grant under Simaluguri PS of Sivasagar district.