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Security forces on April 24 were able to rescue two of the three employees of ONGC who were kidnapped by suspected ULFA (I) militants from Lakwa in Sivasagar district of Assam on April 21.

Assam Police chief Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta said that the two ONGC employees were rescued after an encounter near the India-Myanmar border in Nagaland on April 24, while a search for the third personnel is underway.

“An encounter took place in the forest of Mon district in Nagaland near the international border. Two ONGC employees have been rescued from there. A search operation for the third employee is on,” Mahanta said.

The operation was carried out by a joint team of Nagaland Police, the Indian Army and other paramilitary forces, who were supported by intelligence inputs from Assam Police, he added.


The rescued persons have been identified as Mohini Mohan Gogoi and Alakesh Saikia. The security forces are looking out for Ritul Saikia, the Assam DGP said.

“The operation started early in the morning and it is still going on. We will be able to tell more once we get details from the ground team,” he said.

The security forces are carrying out an intense search and rescue operation to find out the third ONGC employee, the Assam Police said.

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