ULFA(I) now using ISIS Trend of demanding Ransom
In a first of its kind, the anti-talks faction of the United Liberation Front of Assam has released a video today asking for ransom money in lieu of a kidnapped son of a BJP leader. Interestingly, the video is strikingly similar to that of Islamic State (IS) videos.
The ULFA (I) video now turns the attention of the intelligence to the ‘manner’ of ULFA (I) working.
Highly placed intelligence sources told .“This is the first ransom video by ULFA (I). We are not indicating any IS style of working for sure but this is something that we will work on. Maybe their old tactics are not paying off and are now switching their style of working.”
The video shows, Kuldeep Moran, the kidnapped boy, wearing a green T-shirt and kneeling down in the video saying, “I have been abducted by Ulfa-I and they are taking me to different places blindfolded. I request my parents, Bolin Chetia and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to get me released.”
Kuldeep was surrounded by five gun-wielding masked men carrying assault rifles and it appears to have been shot inside a forest.
Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay said, “I will not comment on the changed style of ransom demand now, but the investigations regarding the video have been taken up. The boy was abducted from Arunachal Pradesh and hence we are working closely with the Arunachal police on the matter. Bringing the kid back safely is the prime concern.”
“I have become very weak and my health has also deteriorated. I am afraid I might die in cross-firing.” Kuldeep said in the video.
Kuldeep is the son of Tinsukia district panchayat vice-president Ratneshwar Moran and he was abducted by suspected ULFA (I) militants on 1st from Arunachal Pradesh. Later, Ratneswar received a message asking him to seek the amount from BJP MLA Bolin Chetia from Sadiya in upper Assam for Kuldeep’s release.