Guwahati: In a major turnaround to the ONGC kidnapping case, ULFA(I) on Saturday claimed to have released all the three kidnapped ONGC employees at remote village Takak Chingkhu in Nagaland’s Mon district in the midnight hours.
At a time when the search for the third ONGC employee is on, ULFA(I) has made it clear in a statement that Ritul Saikia is no more in their custody.
“Ritul Saikia possibly might have been killed during a counter-attack by the Indian army or else they must have hidden him somewhere,” said Captain Rumel Asom in the press communiqué.
ULFA (I) also claimed that all three abducted ONGC employees namely Mohini Mohan Gogoi, Alakesh Saikia and Ritul Saikia were set free following a fierce gun battle between ULFA(I) and 73 No. Indian Army, 35 No. Assam Rifles and Nagaland police from 10 pm to 2.30 am.
Furthermore, ULFA(I) blamed oil company ONGC for the entire incident has threatened the organization with dire consequences in the future.
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 workover rig site (ROM-100 III) of ONGC located within Lakwa T.E. Cholapather grant under Simaluguri PS of Sivsagar district.