Itanagar, Sept 9: The United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) has released Kuldip Moran, the kidnapped son of Ratneswar Moran, an influential Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader in Assam. Moran was abducted by the anti-talks faction of ULFA on August 1. The insurgent outfit had demanded Rs 1 crore as extortion amount to release Kuldip. As per early reports, the release was made by the militant outfit at the Arunachal Pradesh-Myanmar border, in presence of government officials. In a terror video released by ULFA on August 21, the terrorist outfit had warned Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal and BJP’s Assam MLA Bolin Chetia to secure the release of the child in order to save his life. In the video, Kuldip was himself heard speaking, requesting his father Ratneswar, MLA Chetia and CM Sonowal to adhere to the demands of ULFA.Also Read - BJP MLA Nimaben Acharya Becomes First Woman Speaker of Gujarat Legislative Assembly
After nearly month long negotiation process, government succeeded in securing the release of the child. Owing to his political connection., there was increased pressure on the state and central leadership to act carefully in the matter. There were apprehensions that the child might be killed in the military altercation between ULFA militants and the army. (ALSO READ: ULFA releases ISIS-style video of kidnapped BJP leader’s son, demands 1 crore ransom) Also Read - BJP Demands Imposition of Section 144 in Bhawanipore After Dilip Ghosh Manhandled; EC Seeks Report | Key Updates
Ratneswar Moran is the vice president of BJP’s zila parishad unit in Tinsukia. He is considered to be the closest aide of MLA Bolin Chetia. Ever since the abduction was reported there was unprecedented amount of concern in the regional media, with a section of commentators raising apprehensions over the rise in ULFA activities following the change of ruling regime in Assam. For Sarbananda Sonowal, the case was important to address the growing security concern among the people of Assam. Also Read - Bharat Bandh: Delhi Police Tightens Security, Intensifies Patrolling At Borders | Key Updates
As of now, it is unclear under what pretext ULFA agreed to free the abducted child. As per the statements of Ratneswar he made in the past month, the BJP leader claimed that he does not have even Rs 1 lakh to pay as ransom. There could be a possibility that government would had arranged for the negotiated amount. However, no details have been revealed till the filing of this report.
MLA Bolin Chetia had was reached out by the ULFA militants by one Joy Asom. Chetia was warned to gather the said amount of Rs 1 crore to secure the release of the kidnapped child.