Family seeks CM’s intervention for Ritul’s release

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HT Correspondent

DIBRUGARH, May 12: The family members of abducted ONGC employee Ritul Saikia on Wednesday urged chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to take steps to secure his release as he remains traceless for 22 days.

“We appealed to the newly elected chief minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, to take necessary steps for the release of Ritul Saikia. We don’t know his current whereabouts. If he is still held hostage by ULFA-I then the government should take steps to release him,” said a family member.

On April 21, three ONGC employees were abducted by ULFA-I cadres from Romanian work over rig of ONGC, Lakwa in Sivasagar district.

Security forces have rescued two of the abducted employees from Mon district of Nagaland but could not get a lead on the whereabouts of Ritul Saikia.

The two rescued abductees are Mohini Mohan Gogoi and Alakesh Saikia.

On Wednesday, Titabor MLA Bhaskar Jyoti Baruah and Mariani MLA Rupjyoti Kurmi visited Ritul Saikia’s residence at Titabor to meet with his family members.

“We will soon talk with chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma regarding the release of Ritul Saikia from ULFA-I captivity,” said both the MLAs.

They have also urged ULFA-I commander in chief Paresh Baruah to release Ritul Saikia if he is under their custody.

The third kidnapped ONGC employee Ritul Saikia is with the ULFA-I revealed by a surrendered cadre of the banned outfit.

Security forces have launched a massive counter insurgency operation in the Assam-Nagaland border.

However, ULFA-I has not issued any statement regarding Ritul Saikia’s abduction or that he was in their custody.

The ULFA-I had claimed that they had left all the three abducted ONGC employees in a village in Nagaland’s Mon district.

 

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