Management of Shankar Tea Estate was served an extortion demand of Rs 2 cr; however, it is not clear whether the amount was paid or not to secure release
Tinsukia: Twelve days after Gaurango Deb, an employee of Shankar Tea Estate in Assam's Tinsukia district, was abducted from the factory premises on October 12, he was released by ULFA-I near Namsai along Arunachal Pradesh border on Wednesday.
According to sources, ULFA-I released the victim, Deb, the head fitter of the tea estate, near Namsai Bazar in a vehicle. "He was accompanied by two persons," the sources said.
Deb’s release also comes 5 days after ULFA-I called the victim's family and claimed that he was in their captivity and complained that the garden management was not cooperating with them.
The victim has informed security forces that the group had been changing his location ever since he was kidnapped. "He was kept at temporary hideouts deep inside the jungle and was moved from one location to another," sources added.
Sources said five armed rebels were around him throughout.
Earlier, a high-level source in security agencies told EastMojo that the banned outfit had served an extortion demand of Rs 2 crore. However, this has been officially denied.
"It is not clear on what grounds ULFA-I released the victim and whether the extortion amount was paid or not," another source added.