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Abducted OIL engineer freed in Assam

A senior engineer of Oil India Limited who was suspected to have been kidnapped was released on Saturday.

india Updated: May 20, 2006 10:48 IST

A senior engineer of state-owned Oil India Limited (OIL) who was suspected to have been kidnapped by separatists was released on Saturday, officials said.

An OIL spokesman said K Mohan Rao, a drilling engineer, was abducted late on Friday while he was on his way from the company headquarters of Duliajan to a remote installation to attend his night shift.

"We do not know for sure if Rao was released or rescued by police. But he appeared around 4.30 am on Saturday and is currently with the police," a senior OIL official said.

Police earlier said Rao was kidnapped by militants of the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (Ulfa). Police are tight-lipped about the incident.

"We shall give details of the incident later in the day. Rao is safe and sound," a police official said.

Oil giants OIL and the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) have been the targets of Ulfa rebels in the past decade with at least a dozen officials kidnapped for ransom and a few killed as well.

First Published: May 20, 2006 10:48 IST