Assam

Assam Police alerts OIL, ONGC of possible attacks by ULFA(I)

The two PSU energy majors have taken the security input "seriously" and already issued a series of "dos and don'ts" for their staff after meetings with various agencies such as CISF and AISF.

GUWAHATI-  The Assam Police has issued an advisory to Oil India Ltd (OIL) and ONGC regarding probable subversive activities by banned ULFA(I) militants on their installations in the state as well as their employees, PTI reported quoting officials said on Thursday.

The two PSU energy majors have taken the security input “seriously” and already issued a series of “dos and don’ts” for their staff after meetings with various agencies such as CISF and AISF.

As per the report, a telephonic advisory was issued to the officials of Oil India on possible strikes, including kidnapping of officials, on its installations by the ULFA(I).

“During the monsoon, many places where the oil rigs are located become inaccessible. So, we alert the companies about the security aspect. This is a periodic and routine thing,” he said, without elaborating further.

When contacted, OIL spokesperson Tridiv Hazarika told PTI from its field headquarters in Duliajan that the company received “some intelligence input” from the police earlier this week.

“Immediately an internal meeting was called and chaired by Resident Chief Executive In-Charge. It was attended by senior officials of CISF, AISF OIL Security and other departments,” he said.

On February 22, the Assam Police issued a letter to OIL and warned that “reliable intelligence input” indicated ULFA(I) was planning to carry out subversive activities in Dibrugarh.

On April 21 last year, three employees of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) were kidnapped by ULFA(I) militants from the Lakwa oilfield in Sivasagar district along the Assam-Nagaland border.

Two employees were rescued on April 24 after an encounter near the India-Myanmar border in Mon district of Nagaland, while the third was released by ULFA(I) militants after 31 days on May 22.

In April last year, two employees of the Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure were released by ULFA(I) after three-and-half months of their kidnap on December 21, 2020.

The duo was kidnapped from Kumchaikha hydrocarbon drilling site in Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh with a demand for a ransom of Rs 20 crore.

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