Released 39 days after he was abducted by the anti-talks faction of ULFA on August 1, Kuldeep Moran, son of a local BJP leader from Assam’s Tinsukia district, has said his captors would have killed him had he not followed their orders.
“I did whatever they told me to do. They made me appear in a video at gunpoint and asked me to appeal to my father, to the local MLA and to the chief minister to secure my release. I was often shifted from one place to another through the mountains, with three or four people with guns accompanying me,” Kuldeep, who reached home in Tinsukia’s Hanhkhati village Friday, said.
Kuldeep was abducted from near Nampong in Arunachal Pradesh’s Changlang district, where his father, Ratneswar Moran, runs a timber business. He was released near a village close to the Myanmar border.
“I was not sure if I had been taken inside Myanmar, but they kept shifting me every two or three days. I knew I was somewhere near the border,” he said.
“They did not tell me why they abducted me, but they asked me several times why my father had joined the BJP. They kept me blindfolded during the day and shifted me after sunset,” he said. “I was scared I would be killed in crossfire when security forces came looking for me. Initially I refused to appear before the camera, but they recorded my video at gunpoint.”
His father Moran, a zila parishad vice-president who left Congress to join the BJP earlier this year, said he had received a call from ULFA anti-talks faction leader Paresh Barua two days ago saying Kuldeep would be released. “I did not pay money to get my son released. Barua had earlier told me he would look into allegations that my son and I were Army spies. I am sure he did not find anything,” Moran said.