The private oil company whose employees were abducted in remote Changlang has received phone calls demanding ransom, an official with direct knowledge of the development said. “There was no call today. But a call came yesterday to officials of Quippo Oil and Gas,” the official said.
According to the official, the abductors claim to be members of the banned ULFA(I).
A second official directly involved in the investigations also indicated the role of a militant outfit and said the “abductors don’t seem to be amateurs”.
A team of Arunachal Police’s Special Investigation Team is in Diyun to probe the Monday evening incident where PK Gogoi and Ram Kumar were abducted by armed men from a drilling site in Innao in Changlang.
Kumar works as a radio operator while Gogoi is a drilling superintendent with the private company.
According to the officials, the armed men proceeded to Ningru reserve forest with the abducted oil company employees. “All the security agencies who have a footprint here are helping,” said the second official quoted above.
Changlang, on the Indo-Myanmar border is one of the three disturbed districts in Arunachal Pradesh where the Armed Forces Special Powers Act is still in force.
ULFA(I) and factions of the NSCN have a presence in the area. Earlier, on Wednesday, the NSCN(I-M) released a statement claiming that reports in a section of the media suggesting their involvement in the abduction were baseless.