Armed Forces Rescue 2 of 3 Kidnapped ONGC Officials | India News
GUWAHATI: Four days after they were kidnapped by Ulfa-I, two of the three ONGC employees were rescued by the security forces after an encounter in the Mon district of Nagalandnear the India-Myanmar border on Saturday, Assam DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said.
The rescued officers are Mohini Mohan Gogoi and Alakesh Saikia. The search for the third, Ritul Saikia, is underway, authorities said.
The rescue operation was carried out jointly by the Indian army, Assam rifles and Nagaland Police, with intelligence input from the Assam police. An AK-47 rifle was recovered from the site.
Assam DGP Mahanta said the “meeting” had started early Saturday morning in the forests of the Mon district, near the international border.
However, Ulfa (I) said on Saturday that he had released the three ONGC employees and left them “in the safe custody of Tokok Singkhu villagers in good health” for fear of damaging their lives in the crossfire. during the shooting with him army, Assam Rifles and the Nagaland Armed Police in Mon district.
Ulfa-I’s publicity wing member Rumul Asom issued a statement asking why security forces had said that only two, Mohini Mohan Gogoi and Alakesh Saikia, and not the three abducted, had been rescued. “We fear that the third person (Ritul Saikia) may have been killed by shots fired by the security forces or that the security forces have kept him hidden with an ulterior motive,” Asom said.
Mohini Mohan Gogoi, Ritul Saikia and Alakesh Saikia were abducted early Wednesday by alleged Ulfa cadres (I) at the company’s Lakwa drilling site in the Sivasagar district.
GP Singh, Special DGP (Law & Order), who is monitoring the investigation as well as the search operations, tweeted on Saturday: “When all available hands of @assampolice must be at the disposal of the people of Assam to mitigate the 2nd difficulties Ulfa’s wave of pandemics and misadventures has kept a large number of policemen away from serving the people of Assam. Abominable (sic) “.
Sivasagar SP Amitava Sinha said that 14 people had been arrested in multiple locations in Sivasagar and Charaideo districts for alleged links to the kidnapping carried out by the outlaw group.
A statement from the Assam police on Friday night said that Ulfa-I was responsible for the kidnapping.