GUWAHATI: Banned outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) or ULFA(I) will release the two abducted employees of a private oil firm soon.
According to reports, New Delhi-headquartered Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited has agreed to create 5,000 jobs for Assamese youths to secure the release of their two employees—Pranab Kumar Gogoi and Ram Kumar.
The development has been revealed by Kaushik Phukan, the mediator in the negotiations. Following that, the family members of the abducted men have heaved a sigh of relief.
“We are happy to know the successful conclusion of the discussion through the mediator Kaushik Phukan. We would like to thank him. We are eagerly waiting for the release of the two officers. I appeal Paresh Baruah for their safe release,” said wife of Pranab Gogoi.
Pranab Kumar Gogoi, drilling superintendent and Ram Kumar, a radio operator with the oil company were abducted on December 21 from the company’s Kumchaikha hydrocarbon drilling site in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district.
While Pranab Gogoi hails from Sivasagar district of Assam, Ram Kumar is from Bihar.
The ULFA-I had reportedly demanded a ransom of Rs. 20 crore for the release of the two employees and had set February 16 as the deadline which was later extended.