The outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom-Independent or ULFA-I has threatened to execute the abducted employee of Quippo Oil & Gas company hailing from Bihar if the oil drilling firm failed to pay for his release by February 16.

In a statement on Wednesday, the ULFA (I) said it was holding Ram Kumar captive and he will be executed after 16 February, if the company does not take any action for the employee’s release.

Kumar has been held hostage by the outfit along with another employee of the company. The ULFA (I) has set a huge price in exchange for the release of the two employees.

The outfit had reportedly asked the company to pay ₹20 crore for Kumar’s release. They said the money demanded was not ransom but compensation for the exploitation of Assam’s natural resources.

Members of the ULFA (I) had abducted radio operator Ram Kumar and drilling superintendent Pranab Kumar Gogoi of Sivasagar in Assam from the Kumchaikha hydrocarbon drilling site in Diyun under Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh on December 21, 2020.

Earlier, the militant group also released a video of the two abducted employees of the Quippo Oil and Gas company showing the employees appealing to the Chief Ministers of Assam and Bihar to secure their early release.

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