Ritul Saikia to be released in 1-4 days: Paresh Baruah


GUWAHATI: After Assam chief minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma’s appeal to the ULFA-I to release abducted ONGC employee Ritul Saikia, the outfit commander-in-chief Paresh Baruah said Saikia would be released in 1-4 days.

Talking to News Live chief managing editor Syed Zarir Hussain, Baruah said he has responded to CM’s appeal.

“CM has made a responsible appeal…Ritul is with us now. I would like to assure Ritul’s parents that he would reach his home in 1-4 days,” Baruah said.

Addressing a press meet, CM Dr Sarma appealed to the insurgent outfit to release the ONGC staff on the grounds of humanity.

Ritul Saikia, along with two other employees of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, Mohini Mohan Gogoi and Alakesh Saikia, were on April 21 kidnapped by suspected militants of the United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) from the Lakwa oilfield in Sivasagar district along the Assam-Nagaland border.

Mohini Mohan Gogoi and Alakesh Saikia were rescued by security forces on April 24 after an encounter with the abductors near the India-Myanmar border in Mon district of Nagaland.