GUWAHATI: The two abducted employees of a private oil company ULFA (I)– Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited in video messages have urged both Assam and Bihar chief minister’s intervention in rescuing them.
The two identified as one Pranab Kumar Gogoi (51), drilling superintendent and radio operator Ram Kumar (35) have been held captive by the ULFA (Independent) and NSCN for nearly a month now. The duo was kidnapped by the militant outfits from Kumchaikha hydrocarbon drilling site in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh on December 20 last year.
On Wednesday, ULFA (I) in a video mail sent the duo’s appeal.
In the videos, the two abducted oil employees were seen praying their respective state governments to initiate necessary steps for their release and safe return.
Ram Kumar, who hails from Bihar urged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to raise the matter with Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal. “I have been held captive for almost a month now. I urge Bihar CM Nitish Kumar to speak with Assam Chief Minister for my safe return,” he said in his video message.
In a separate video, Gogoi, who hails from Assam, said: “Since our company has done nothing for our release, I would like to request chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to kindly make arrangements for my safe return home.”
The state police though have been analyzing the video footage; the location of the video was still unknown.
The outfits had reportedly demanded Rs 20 crore from the oil firm for their release.