A BJP leader’s son who was abducted last month by United Liberation Front of Assam-Independent (Ulfa-I) was released on Friday near the Myanmar-Arunachal Pradesh border.
Kuldeep Moran, 27, son of Tinsukia district panchayat vice-president Ratneshwar Moran, was abducted on August 1 from Arunachal Pradesh by the banned militant outfit.
Police sources from Changlang told PTI that the police team rescued Kuldeep from a cliff in a dense jungle, around 10km from Longvi village that borders Myanmar.
The matter came to light three weeks later after Ulfa-I released a video where Kuldeep was seen kneeling with five masked youths carrying assault rifles and surrounding him.
In the video, a first for militant outfits in the Northeast, Kuldeep was seen pleading for his life and urging his parents and the state government to get him released.
“I have become very weak and my health has also deteriorated. I am afraid I might die in cross-firing,” the youth said in Assamese.
There were reports that Ulfa-I has sought Rs 1 crore as ransom for the youth’s release. But the outfit’s chief Paresh Baruah called television channels to deny any such demand.
“He was abducted as he was involved in anti-Ulfa activities and was passing information to security agencies. He will be tried in our court and released if found not guilty,” Baruah had said.
Local reports say the youth was handed over to his parents by Ulfa-I cadres. There is no confirmation whether any ransom was paid.