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Two abducted ONGC employees rescued by security forces; search for one more is still in progress

The Indian Army in cooperation with Assam Rifles troops has rescued Oil and Natural Gas Corporation’s (ONGC) two abductees from ULFA-I on late night of 23rd April, 2021. The Indian Army has said that the operations are still in progress.

The three abducted employees are Mohini Mohan Gogoi (35), Ritul Saikia (33), both junior technicians (Production) and Alakesh Saikia (28), a Junior Engineering Assistant (Production). The two rescued abductees are Alakesh Saikia and Mohini Mohan Gogoi.

Meanwhile, recently in a statement issued by ULFA(I), it reads that on April 20, the three ONGC officials were taken in their custody and after that encounters took place between ULFA and Indian Army, Assam Rifles from 10 PM to 2 am. Keeping in view of safety of three ONGC officials, ULFA released all of them. “We suspect Retul Saikia has been killed in Indian Army firing. They have not yet revealed anything” reads the statement by ULFA.

Local police had apprehended 14 linkmen and sympathisers of the ULFA-I who were working for the group directly or indirectly.

According to a statement made by ONGC the kidnapping took place from a rig site of the company in Lakwa field of Sivasagar, and the abducted employees were taken away in an ambulance vehicle belonging to ONGC. Later, the vehicle was found abandoned near the Nimonagarh jungles close to the Assam-Nagaland border.

The district police authorities have now intensified the security arrangements at OIL and ONGC infrastructures in eastern Assam after the order from the state government.

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