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January 21, 2021

Kidnapped oil firm employees request Assam, Bihar CMs to secure release from ULFA (I)

GUWAHATI: United Liberation Front of Asom—Independent (ULFA-I) released a video of the two kidnapped employees of the Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited showing the employees appealing to the chief ministers of Assam and Bihar to secure their early release.

Quippo’s radio operator Ram Kumar who hails from Bihar and drilling superintendent Pranab Kumar Gogoi, a resident of Sivasagar in Assam were kidnapped by armed militants on December 21 from from the drilling location in Diyun under Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh.

“It’s been a month now and the company is yet to make any progress regarding my release. I appeal to the company to talk to both the ULFA (I) and the NSCN (IM) to ensure my early release and at the same time, I also appeal to the chief minister of Assam Sarbananda Sonowal to speak with the Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited authorities to ensure that the company is bound to step up its efforts for our release,” said Pranab Kumar Gogoi in the video message.

“It’s been a month since I have been kidnapped by the ULFA (I) and the NSCN (IM) due to my association with the Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited. Therefore, I appeal to Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar to talk to his Assam counterpart to secure my release,” said Ram Kumar.

Earlier, talking to News Live chief managing editor Syed Zarir Hussain, ULFA (I) commander-in-chief Paresh Barua said Ram Kumar, one of the two abducted employees of the oil firm, could be harmed if the firm did not accept its demands.

“If something goes wrong, the first victim will be the one from Bihar,” Barua warned.

Source: News Live

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