Assam Northeast

ULFA-I linkman involved in ONGC employee abduction, shot by police

A linkman of the ULFA (Independent) who was involved in the Lakwa ONGC employee abduction case was shot in the leg by Sadiya police in Tinsukia district while allegedly trying to escape from custody.

The linkman has been identified as Tapan Buragohain.

The incident took place on July 9 under Sadiya police station and came to light only on Sunday.

The incident took place on the night of Friday when the linkman had accompanied a police team to show them the hideout of another ULFA-I linkman.

Sadiya SP Sumeet Sharma said, “The ULFA-I linkman was recently arrested in connection with the abduction of three ONGC staffers at Lakwa, Sivasagar on April 21. On July 9 in between 11.30 pm to 12 midnight, he accompanied the police team to a remote area under Sadiya police station to show the hideout of another ULFA-I linkman. Suddenly, taking advantage of the darkness he tried to escape breaking the shackles of police. To stop him police had to shoot him in his legs. He received one bullet injury in the right leg. He was later admitted to the Assam Medical College and Hospital.”

Earlier, a constable of the 25th Assam Police (ONGC) Battalion, Basant Buragohain was arrested by the Sadiya police for his role in the abductions. On April 21 three staffers of ONGC – Alakesh Saikia, Mohini Mohan Gogoi and Retul Saikia – were abducted by armed ULFA-I cadres 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. On the other hand, Retul Saikia was released by ULFA-I on May 22nd following an appeal by Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

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