Ulfa abducts Assam BJP leader's son

by Linda Olson August 23, 2016, 3:46
Ulfa abducts Assam BJP leader's son

The United Liberation Front of Assam has kidnapped the son of a Bharatiya Janata Party leader in the state, the group revealed in a video on Monday.

The ULFA - notorious for a series of kidnappings and killings in the northeast - has demanded Rs 1 crore for his release - a ransom amount unprecedented in the organisation's 37-year history.

Kuldeep's mother and wife had earlier appealed to the ULFA-I to release him saying they do not have the finances to pay the ransom.

Surrounded by five masked men pointing their rifles towards the kneeling young man in a jungle area, Kuldeep is seen looking at a video camera and narrating his plight - about his deteriorating health, about the danger to his life as he could be caught in a crossfire between his kidnappers and security forces and about being moved from place to place. "I may die some day in cross firing", said the abducted boy in the video.

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Kuldeep Moran, son of Tinsukia district panchayat vice-president Ratneshwar Moran, was abducted by suspected Ulfa-I militants from Arunachal Pradesh on August 1. I appeal to my parents, Bolin-da (Brother Bolin Chetia) and Sarbananda Sonowal to secure my release. He said that he had received a call from an Ulfa leader who identified himself to be one Joy Asom about two week back and demanded the money for releasing Kuldip.

Ulfa-I, through a press statement, has taken responsibility for the abduction. "We are in touch with intelligence agencies, Arunachal Pradesh police and other agencies to ensure release of the youth", said Sahay. "The government has ordered a full probe".

Chetia had recently won in the Assam Assembly Elections from Sadiya constituency, on a BJP ticket. Both Ratnaswer and Chetia were members of the Congress before switching to the BJP.

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