Abducted man pleads for release in video sent out by ULFA

Abducted man pleads for release in video sent out by ULFA

Abducted man pleads for release in video sent out by ULFA

Abduction by the militants for ransom is common in the Northeast but this was for the first time that ULFA released a video clip featuring a hostage.

"Ratneshwar Moran is a small time BJP leader and he doesn't have the money to pay a 1 crore rupee ransom", Anup Chetia told CNN News18.

Banned terror outfit United Liberation Front of Asom or ULFA, on Monday released a video of Assam BJP leader's kidnapped son.

Tinsukia Zila Parishad's vice president Ratnaeswar Moran's son Kuldeep was reportedly abducted by ULFA-I on August 1.

In the video, hostage Kuldeep Moran was seen wearing a green T-shirt and kneeling down and surrounded by five masked gunmen at a forested area. My life is at stake and at any moment I may die in cross-firing”.

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"I have become very weak and my health has also deteriorated". They can be seen telling Kuldip's family, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal and BJP legislator Bolin Chetia to secure his release by paying Rs 1 crore to ULFA.

The email to the media houses was sent by Arunodoy Dauhotia, assistant publicity manager for ULFA (I) - the faction led by Paresh Baruah. Ratneswar is also a close aide of Sadiya BJP legislator Bolin Chetia. While the abduction of Sanjay Ghose took place in 1997, the Ulfa had resorted to several high-profile abductions in early 1990s which includes Russian coal mine engineer Sergei Gritchenko, working for Coal India Ltd from Ledo etc and police officer Dulal Borkotoki, who were killed subsequently.

After carrying out serial bomb blasts, the anti-talk faction of Ulfa has intensified its extortion drive, sending demands to various tea gardens in Upper Assam through SMS and Whatsapp.

"We've never had such a huge ransom demand, nor a video in ISIS style", said Mr M Mahanta, Superintendent of Police, Tinsukia district.

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