Ram Kumar, the employee of an oil drilling company who was abducted by banned outfit the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA-I) along with his colleague Pranab Kumar Gogoi, was finally released at an undisclosed location in Nagaland’s Mon district along the Indo-Myanmar border on Monday.
The development came 2 days after the outfit released Gogoi from captivity.
Kumar, a resident of Khagaria district in Bihar, was employed as a radio operator with Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure. He and Gogoi were abducted by militants on December 21 from the company’s rig at Diyun in Arunachal’s Changlang district and taken to an undisclosed location in neighbouring Myanmar.
Confirming the development, a senior official of Quippo informed EastMojo that Ram Kumar has been set free by ULFA (I) and is now safe with the Indian security forces.
“But, we do not know the exact whereabouts of Kumar,” the source added.
The Delhi-based oil drilling company has three oil rigs in the northeast, including Assam.
According to sources, the outfit released Kumar in the jungles of Mon district and he is with Assam Rifles. But there has been no official confirmation from security forces till the time of filing this news report.
ULFA (I) had kidnapped the duo and taken them to their hidden camp in neighboring Myanmar.
“The outfit had demanded Rs 20 crore to release the victims,” sources said.
“The company negotiated with the outfit for months to secure the release at a whopping amount of Rs 5 crore,” sources added.
But, there was no official confirmation whether, or how much, ransom was paid.
The attempt to reach the director general of police of Nagaland T. John Longkumer was unsuccessful. EastMojo will update the story with as he responds to our calls.
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