Rs 3 crore ransom demanded by ULFA for release of abducted Tea-Garden Employee

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Guwahati:

Rs 3 crore ransom demanded by ULFA

In a major development to the kidnapping case of the tea-garden employee of Tinsukia district in Assam, the banned outfit United Liberation Front of Asom (Independent) [ULFA-I] has demanded Rs 3 crore from the family of the kidnapped person. Assam Police on Wednesday confirmed that ULFA-I has demanded Rs 3 crore in order to release Dinanath Upadhyaya (52), a tea garden employee.

Dinanath, a tea garden employee, was abducted by the ULFA-I on June 8.

Additional director general of police (special branch) Pallab Bhattacharya said, “The ULFA-I has demanded Rs 3 crore from the family members of Dinanath to release him from captivity.”

Rs 3 crore ransom demanded by ULFA

He also added, “even though the outfit has denied, it is continuing its extortion activities in Upper Assam. They (ULFA-I) are playing a double-standard game.”

It may be mentioned that the family members of Dinanath and residents of Udaipur village in Tinsukia have now reached out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to secure his release.

Post the abduction of Dinanath, the militant organization circulated a video where the victim, a supervisor of the Phaneng Tea garden, blamed Margherita’s MLA Bhaskar Sarma and his employer Radha Chetia for his kidnapping alleging that he was forced to spy on the banned outfit by them.

It seemed earlier that ULFA-I had kidnapped the particular tea-garden employee for allegedly spying on the outfit especially after the (above mentioned) video was released by the ULFA-I where the kidnapped person admits that he was asked to spy on them. With the demand of money for the release, the angle/reason of the Kidnap seems to have turned extortion, said a senior police officer who refused to be named. This might also be true that they are asking for money now to punish him for spying, he added.

 

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