Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Thursday that the state government is taking all practicable measures to free ONGC engineer Ritul Saikia from the ULFA-I captivity.
According to a CMO official, Sarma encountered Saikia’s wife and younger brother during his visit to Majuli.
“During the conference, the Chief Minister told them that the state government is making every effort to locate and rescue Saikia. Bhaskarjyoti Baruah, a Titabar MLA, was also present during the meeting “According to the official.
Sarma urged the United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent), headed by Paresh Barua, and other rebel groups to abandon the course of violence and enter the mainstream following his inauguration as Assam’s 15th Chief Minister on Monday.
On April 21, ULFA-I had taken three engineers from a drilling site at Lakwa (eastern Sibsagar district) of the state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation.
Following a fierce firefight on April 23, the Army and Assam Rifles troopers rescued two hostages from the insurgents, but Ritul Saikia remains missing.