Nine including surrendered ULFA in police custody
SIVASAGAR/Demow, April 22: Sivasagar police have taken nine persons into custody for interrogation in connection with the kidnapping of three ONGC employees.
Suspected ULFA militants abducted Alokesh Saikia, Ritul Saikia and Mohini Mohan Gogoi from a Work Over Rig at Lakwa on Tuesday but there has been no trace of the abductors so far.
Five of them are booked under Case no 491/2021 under section120b/121/121A/387/511/34 of the IPC- Prasanta Dutta (52) of Salkarani Gaon, Namti; Rajen Chutia (58),Konhar gaon, Namti; Jiten Gogoi (65) Patsaku, Nemuguri; Mintu Phukan (22) Pabessa and Kiron Phukan (21) of Panbessa were produced in the CJM Court on Thursday afternoon.
The others are Bonshi Borgohain, Pulin Borgohain, Srimonta Likson and Biman Likson. Sivasagar police meanwhile suspect involvement of ULFA (I) in the abduction and hence most of the booked persons for investigation are surrendered ULFA men.
Meanwhile, ONGC Employees Association in a release demanded unconditional release of the abducted ONGC employees. The release signed by Punaram Mili, Simnta Gogoi, Pulin Hazarika and Sanjib Barua demanded release of the three on humanitarian grounds.
The INTUC state committee in a release in Simaluguri condemned the kidnapping of the three innocent ONGC Employees from Rumanian 100(3) Rig on Tuesday. INTUC state president Hironya Bora and secretary Purnakanta Borgohain, through the release said that abduction can never resolve any conflict and rather create tension, fear and complicacy. They urged the kidnappers to release the three and also urged upon the government and ONGC to find out a permanent solution to the problem.
In the meantime, parents of Mohini Mohan Gogoi and locals lit earthen lamps and offered prayers at Hari Mandir in 1 No Padumoni Haru Ali near Demow on Thursday for the release of Mohini Mohan Gogoi, Alokesh Saikia and Ritul Saikia. Mother of Mohini Mohan Gogoi said before media that “I just want to know who has kidnapped my son and whoever has kidnapped him should release him at the earliest.”