ULFA (I)
Quippo employees Ram Kumar (left) and Pranab Kumar Gogoi who had been abducted by ULFA(I)

The ULFA(I) has released one of the two abducted employees of the Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited on Saturday at around 12.20 pm at Lumibasti in Nampong in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district.

The rebel group released Pranab Kumar Gogoi, who hails from Sivasagar district of Assam.

According to the latest reports, has reached his home and united with his family after almost four months.

He was released after 115 days in captivity of the rebel group.

Radio operator Ram Kumar (35), from Bihar and drilling superintendent  Gogoi (51) were abducted by a group of ULFA-I and NSCN militants on December 21, while they were working at the Kumchaika drilling site in Changlang district.

All sections of people, including the families of the employees had asked the rebel group to withdraw its decision to award supreme punishement and release them at the earliest.

According to sources, both Gogoi and Kumar spoke to their families through a satellite phone on April 1.

Sources said that their health has badly deteriorated during their stay in the ULFA(I) camp, supposed to be on the Indo-Myanmar border.

ULFA(I)  had set February 16 as the deadline for the  Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure Limited to secure the release of its employee Kumar.

Meanwhile, Kumar’s family are on their way from Bihar and is scheduled to reach Assam on Sunday.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com