Assam Police on Thursday confirmed that proscribed ULFA (I) was involved in the abduction of three ONGC employees.
Special Director General of Police, Law and Order, G.P. Singh, who is camping at Lakuwa in Sivasagar district since Wednesday to supervise the operation to locate the hostages, said that the ULFA (I) militants kidnapped the three employees of the ONGC.
“Investigation is going on. Around seven people have been detained in connection with the abduction and they are being questioned,” Singh told reporters.
The Assam Police, in coordination with the Nagaland Police, are continuing their search operation to trace the three ONGC employees who were abducted from Sivasagar early on Wednesday.
Police officials in Sivasagar said that the ULFA-I militants are likely to go to Myanmar with the captives via Mon district in northern Nagaland.
The Assam Rifles, which is guarding the India-Myanmar border, has been asked to intensify their vigil along the forested borders.
The three kidnapped employees are Mohini Mohan Gogoi, a junior technician, production, from Sivasagar district, Alokesh Saikia, an assistant junior engineer, production, from Jorhat district and Ritul Saikia, also an assistant junior engineer, production, from Golaghat district.
An ONGC statement said that the abduction took place from a rig site of the company in Lakuwa field of Sivasagar, and the abducted employees were taken away in an ambulance vehicle belonging to ONGC.
Later, the vehicle was found abandoned near the Nimonagarh jungles close to the Assam-Nagaland border.