In connection with the kidnapping of three employees of Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) from a rig site at Lakwa, 14 persons have been arrested by the Assam Police on Thursday from Sivasagar district.
Sivasagar SP Amitava Sinha informed, “In the preliminary investigation, we found 14 people working for ULFA-I as overground workers. They were involved in carrying out various activities for the banned outfit. They were arrested for their role in those activities.”
Sinha said, “Of the 14, we have taken 10 persons on police remand and are interrogating them for more leads on the abduction”. He confirmed that ULFA-I is behind the abduction.
According to sources, ULFA-I leader Ganesh Lahon was the masterminded behind the abduction and his team executed the kidnapping.
“It is very likely that the victims will be taken to camps located in Myanmar. Security agencies are tapping all possible routes leading to the country besides intensifying search operations in Mon district of Nagaland,” the source said, adding, “Various agencies in Arunachal Pradesh have also been put on alert.”
The Lakwa tea estate is situation along the Assam-Nagaland border.
Police officials in Sivasagar suspects that the ULFA-I militants will most probably head towards Myanmar along with the abductees via Mon district in northern Nagaland.