Tinsukia: The police on Monday arrested a constable of Assam Police Battalion (APBn) for his alleged role in the abduction of three employees of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) from Assam‘s Sivasagar district on April 21.

The accused, Basant Buragohain, was posted with the 25th AP(ONGC)Bn.

Confirming the arrest, deputy inspector general of police (NER) Jitmal Doley said, “The accused has been arrested for his involvement in the ONGC kidnapping case. However, it will be too premature to comment on his exact role in the case.”

“We shall be in a position to provide further details only after interrogation of the accused is over,” Doley said, adding that a few more arrests are likely to follow.

“The accused was currently posted in Sivasagar district,” he added.

Sadiya SP Sumeet Sharma said that a team of Dibrugarh police approached them on Monday morning to arrest the constable, a resident of Sadiya.

“We arrested him from Bassagaon area while he was coming down Bhim Sapori. We handed him over to Dibrugarh police,” added Sharma.

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“The accused constable has been arrested in connection with an extortion case registered at Tengakhat police station,” Dibrugarh SP Thube Prateek Vijay Kumar told this correspondent.

“We are interrogating the accused to find out his involvement in various criminal cases including the recent kidnapping case of ONGC employees,” he added.

According to sources, the accused was missing from his duty since April 21 – the day the kidnapping took place.

Three staffers of ONGC — Alakesh Saikia, Mohini Mohan Gogoi and Retul Saikia — were abducted by a group of armed militants on April 21. While two of them — Alakesh Saikia and Mohini Mohan Gogoi — were rescued within 72 hours by a joint team of Army, Assam Rifles, Assam police, Nagaland police and intelligence officials from the jungles of Mon district in Nagaland, search is on for Retul Saikia.

Earlier, a day after the kidnapping took place, Assam police arrested 14 persons for allegedly working as ULFA-I linkmen.

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