by NEWSNER , 2021-04-24 10:53:58
In a breakthrough, personnel of the Indian Army and Assam Rifles rescued two of the three abducted employees of Oil and gas Corporation (ONGC) from the clutches of armed militants during an overnight operation from the dense jungles of Mon district in Nagaland within the intervening night of Friday and Saturday.
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The victims, identified as Alakesh Saikia and Mohini Mohan Gogoi, were abducted alongside Retul Saikia by a gaggle of armed militants belonging to ULFA-I from a workover rig site inside the Lakwa tea estate of Assam’s Sivasagar district on Wednesday.
According to highly-placed sources within the security agencies, supported specific inputs, columns of the Indian Army and Assam Rifles were launched within the jungles of Mon district in Nagaland which share a border with Assam. “The troops succeeded in rescuing two of the three victims,” the sources added.
Top sources told this correspondent that a joint team of Para SF, Assam Rifles, Assam Police, and intelligence officials were involved within the operation. “The victims were rescued from a location between Chui and Totokchiingnyu of Mon district in Nagaland. Further intensive operations are underway with drone support,” sources said.
Sources added that security forces have recovered one AK-47 rifle. “The operation is underway to secure the discharge of the third victim, Retul Saikia,” the sources added.
Reported quoting sources that ULFA-I leader “SS Maj” Ganesh Lahon masterminded the whole abduction which was administered by his team. They were heading to their camps in Myanmar via Mon in Nagaland.
Nayan is that the commander of the ‘eastern command’ of ULFA-I while Lahon is that the commander of the ‘Everest group’ — the operational unit of the ‘eastern command’ of ULFA-I.
The area of activities of the Everest group is primarily Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, and therefore the tri-junction of Arunachal Pradesh-Assam-Nagaland, the source added.
On Thursday, Assam police arrested 14 persons about the kidnapping case for allegedly working as linkman for the banned outfit.
Earlier, ULFA-I is claimed to possess released Quippo employees after hectic rounds of negotiations for ransom almost four months after they were abducted on December 21. Initially, ULFA-I had demanded Rs 20 crore.