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Assam Chief Minister Asks Rebel Group To Release Kidnapped Oil Firm Staff

“Our doors are always open for talks,” Sarbananda Sonowal mentioned.

Guwahati:

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal Saturday appealed to the Assam-based rebel group ULFA-I chief Paresh Baruah to launch the 2 staff of Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure, who had been kidnapped final December.

“We appeal to ULFA-I to release the employees of OIL on humanitarian ground. Our doors are always open for talks. Therefore, we appeal to ULFA-I chief Paresh Baruah to shun violence and have dialogue,” Mr Sonowal mentioned.

“Recently, many rebel groups have surrendered and are ready for dialogue,” he added.

Executive Director and state-level coordinator of Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) G Ramesh additionally appealed ULFA-I to launch each the staff.

United Liberation Front of Asom – Independent (ULFA-I) on Friday, threatened to take the “ultimate step” on the 2 staff after the primary deadline ended.

The rebel outfit reportedly demanded a ransom of Rs 20 crore from Quippo for his or her launch and had set February 16 because the deadline.

Gurugram-based Quippo was employed by Oil India (OIL) for drilling operations.

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ULFA-I had requested different staff of Quippo to avoid work and stress OIL to rehabilitate them.

“If our instructions are ignored, then in the case of any unfortunate situation, the employees, Quippo authorities, OIL, Assam and Arunachal Pradesh governments will be responsible for the consequences,” the outfit had mentioned.

The two staff, drilling superintendent Pranab Kumar Gogoi and radio operator Ram Kumar, had been kidnapped by the insurgents on December 21 final 12 months from Kumchaikha hydrocarbon drilling web site in Changlang, Arunachal Pradesh. While Mr Gogoi is a local of Assam, Mr Kumar hails from Bihar.

According to NDTV sources, the 2 staff had been being held someplace in neighbouring Myanmar the place a united entrance of banned outfit United National Liberation Front of Western South East Asia (UNLFWSEA) and different insurgent our bodies has base camps.

Earlier, Assam Cabinet Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had additionally pleaded with ULFA-I to chorus from taking actions that will “shame the three crore people of Assam in the world’s eyes,” citing situations of violence by the organisation that maligned Assam.

ULFA was shaped in 1979 to determine a sovereign Assam by means of an armed motion. Mr Barua was as soon as the chief of its army wing. Since a break up within the organisation in 2011 over the management’s determination to carry peace talks with the federal government, he has led the ULFA-I faction.

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