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Assam Police Shoot Accused In ONGC Staff Kidnapping Case

Yet another accused was shot by Sivasagar police, while the accused tried to escape from police custody by snatching the pistol of police on Monday night, police claimed

An overground activist of the ULFA-I who was arrested by the Sadiya police on Sunday night in connection with the abduction of the three Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) employees was shot at by Sivasagar police on Monday night.

Sivasagar SP Rakesh Raushan confirmed the development. He said that the ULFA-I linkman Bhupen Barua who was handed over to the Sivasagar police by their Sadiya counterparts after his arrest was taken to a location at Nazira to recover hidden weapons when he tried to escape by snatching the service pistol of Nazira Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) Pradip Konwar. The police had to fire at his legs in order to stop him, he said.

Roushan said, “We had taken him in custody from Sadiya police. Last night he gave information that some weapons were hidden at a place in Nazira. When our team reached there he suddenly snatched the pistol of the SDPO Nazira. Thereafter the police team asked him to drop the pistol. But he just started cocking the pistol. Seeing no other option police had to open fire aiming at his legs. He received a bullet injury in his leg. We first took him to Nazira civil hospital and from there he was shifted to Assam Medical College and Hospital and he is out of danger now,”.

It may be mentioned that on July 9 another ULFA-I overground operative
Tapan Buragohain was shot in the leg by the Sadiya police when he tried to flee from police custody. Both the ULFA-I linkmen were arrested in connection with the abduction of the three ONGC staff.

On April 21, three employees of ONGC – Alakesh Saikia, Mohini Mohan Gogoi and Retul Saikia – were abducted by armed ULFA-I militants from a work-over rig site inside the Lakwa tea estate in Sivasagar district.

Two of them Alakesh Saikia and Mohini Mohan Gogoi were rescued within 72 hours by a joint team of Army, Assam Rifles, Assam police, Nagaland police and intelligence officials from the jungles of Mon district in Nagaland while Retul Saikia was released by the Ulfa-I after a month in captivity in on May 22 following an appeal by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

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