Kidnapped Food Corporation of India Executive Director PC Ram is alive, Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi has said but refused to disclose the whereabouts of the official missing for the eighth day on Tuesday.
"We have got some information but cannot tell you at this stage. The ULFA is behind the kidnapping," he told reporters in Shillong on Mondya night when asked if the official was taken by his captors to Bhutan as joint search operations by the Unified Command Structure and the police along the Indo-Bhutan border.
The government, he said, had initiated peace talks with the ULFA but as it was taking advantage of it, the decision of unilateral ceasefire was revoked and the army operations were relaunched and had not "slowed down".
On the demand for release of jailed ULFA leaders, Gogoi, who was here to take part in the 15th anniversary of publication of news magazine 'Eastern Panorama', said it would be considered provided that the outfit comes for talks.
Asked about the ongoing hunger strike by the wives of six ULFA militants demanding to know the whereabouts of their husbands missing since the Bhutan army operations, he said whatever information had been given by that country to his government had been submitted to the court.
Ram's driver Rabiram Basumatary, who was kidnapped along with him on Tuesday last from Guwahati, was released on Sunday. The ULFA had demanded Rs 21 crore for the official's release.