by NEWSNER , 2021-04-21 11:52:11
Three employees of the Oil and Gas Corporation (ONGC) were kidnapped on Wednesday from its Lake oilfield within the Sivasagar district along the Assam-Nagaland border. ULFA(I) militants are suspected.
The PSU, during a statement, said that the three employees are abducted by unknown armed miscreants within the early hours of Wednesday from a rig site of ONGC within the Lakwa field of Sivasagar.
The three employees are identified as M M Gogoi and Ritul Saikia -- both junior technicians (production) -- and Alakesh Saikia, a junior engineering assistant, an ONGC a spokesperson told PTI.
"The abducted employees were taken by the miscreants in an operational vehicle belonging to ONGC. Later, the vehicle was found abandoned near the Nimonagarh jungle on the brink of the Assam-Nagaland border," the statement said.
A senior official of the Sivasagar district the administration said that suspected ULFA(I) militants are behind this kidnapping and that they escaped through Nagaland.
"These are very preliminary findings. we will mention it after some investigation," he added.
No demand for ransom or anything has been received thus far.
ONGC said a complaint has already been lodged with the local police and better officials have reached the location.
"Local administration has been informed about the incident and ONGC is in constant touch with the upper authorities," it added.
The company stated that it's been exploring and producing oil and gas in Upper Assam since the first 1960s.