GUWAHATI: Ulfa (Independent) on Friday said that its talks of negotiation with Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited for the release of the two captive employees of the oil company have failed.
Earlier, the banned militant group gave a February 16 deadline to Quippo to secure the release of its employees. It threatened that if the deadline was not met, it would take action against one of them who hails from Bihar.
It had also warned both Arunachal Pradesh and Assam government not to engage in military operations or to face an ‘unwanted’ situation.
On Friday, Ulfa (I)’s publicity wing member Rumul Asom in an email statement said, “Talks of negotiation with Quippo for the release of the duo, held between February 16 and February 19, have failed. Therefore, as per our previous announcement Ulfa (I) to start taking its action upon the two employees from next week.”
Sources said that Ulfa (I) had demanded Rs 20 Crore as a ransom for the release of the duo.
Pranab Kumar Gogoi, a drilling superintendent and Ram Kumar, a radio operator of the company, were abducted by Ulfa (I) on December 21 from the company’s drilling location in Diyun in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district. Kumar hails from Khagaria district in Bihar.
On Friday, the outfit also banned the operation of Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited in the west Southeast Asia region and asked all the employees to look for alternatives or to face consequences.
Sources claimed that Ulfa (I) had possibly kept the duo captive somewhere deep inside the Namdapha National Park in Arunachal Pradesh which shares its border with Myanmar, where the outfit is believed to have several hideouts.
Earlier, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal appealed to the outfit to release them on humanitarian grounds.