ULFA-I releases Quippo employee after three months
The United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent (ULFA-I), on Monday, released Quippo employee Ram Kumar after holding him hostage for almost four months.
According to sources, the ULFA-I released Kumar at an undisclosed location near the India-Myanmar border in Arunachal Pradesh.
While addressing reporters, Changlang Superintendent of Police Mihin Gambo said, “We have heard that Ram Kumar is under Assam Rifles custody. We have not received him till now.”
On December 21, 2020, the ULFA-I abducted Ram Kumar (35) and Pranab Kumar Gogoi (51), both employees of Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited, from Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district.
On March 3, the ULFA-I released Pranab Kumar Gogoi.
“I’ve got a new life. In a ULFA-I camp, we are afraid that what will happen to us because security forces are searching for us, and our location is changing every day. In the camp, we got regular food, but we had to trek in the jungles. On March 4, they separated Ram Kumar from me and kept me in another place. I don’t know why they have separated us, but before that, they had given us new clothes,” Pranab Kumar Gogoi told reporters following his release.
Earlier, ULFA-I had demanded Rs 20 crore for the safe release of the hostages, but it remains unclear whether the amount was paid to them.
(Edited by Shankar Kumar Turha)