Kuldeep Moran, a person from Tinsukia district in upper Assam, who was abducted by the ULFA on August 1, on Monday appeared in a video clip issued by his abductors, in which he pleaded with his parents as well as Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to secure his safe release before he was killed in a crossfire.
“I have been kidnapped by the ULFA. They have been taking me from one place to another on foot by blindfolding me almost every day. I appeal to my parents, as well as to chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal to get me released
as early as possible. I don’t want to get killed in a crossfire ,” Moran said in the video clip that was mailed to several local TV news channels on Monday.
The video clip showed Kuldeep Moran in a kneeling position, with five heavily armed masked men standing guard, with all six facing the camera. Moran was wearing a green t-shirt. Moran’s father Ratneswar Moran, who is a
vice-president of the Zilla Parishad, has some business activities in the Changlang district of Arunachal Pradesh that shares boundary with Tinsukia.
Assam Police director-general Mukesh Sahay said while Kuldeep Moran was abducted by the Paresh Barua faction of ULFA from Changlang district in Arunachal Pradesh on August 1, his family informed the police in Tinsukia district (in Assam) only on August 8. “It was only then that the Assam Police got the family register a case in Arunachal Pradesh,” DGP Sahay told The Indian Express.
DGP Sahay said that though the abduction took place in Changlang district (where Moran’s father Ratneswar Moran has some timber business), the Assam Police was in constant touch with the police in both Arunachal Pradesh and
Nagaland in order to secure safe release of the abducted person. “I have talked to my counterparts in the two states today too,” the Assam DGP said.
Interestingly, while Moran was abducted on August 1, his father Ratneswar Moran said he had received a call from some person identifying himself as from the ULFA who claimed of the abduction and demanded Rs 1 crore as ransom. “When I said I was not a rich man to pay so much money, the ULFA later asked me to get the sum from the Sadiya MLA. They had also set August 12 as the deadline,” Ratneswar Moran said on Monday.