THE second of the two kidnapped employees of a New Delhi-based private oil exploration firm was released by the ULFA (Independent) on Monday, two days after the first staff was set free from captivity on Saturday. A statement issued by the Assam Rifles stated that Ram Kumar, a resident of Bihar, was released on Myanmar side of Lungwa village after 108 days and he was further intercepted by Assam Rifles border domination patrol at Lungwa village in Mon district early in the day.
The individual has been handed over to Arunachal Pradesh police at Tizit, the statement added. ULFA(I) and Myanmar-faction of NSCN (K) had taken Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited’s drilling superintendent Pranab Kumar Gogoi (51) and radio operator Ram Kumar (35) from Kumchaikha hydrocarbon drilling site near Innao in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh, which borders Myanmar on December 21 last.
Kumar told reporters that six persons accompanying him had said that he would be released and accordingly he was left near a road and was given the directions and to seek help when he reached a particular point. He thanked his parents, family, well-wishers, security personnel and the media for doing their utmost to ensure his release. First employee of the firm Pranab Kumar Gogoi was releases on April 3.