Security in and around the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation’s (ONGC) Assam Asset headquarters at Najira in Sivasagar district has been beefed up, after the outlawed ULFA confirmed that it indeed asked the PSU to pay up Rs 500 crore.
The rebel outfit’s self-styled commander-in-chief Paresh Barua confirmed that the extortion note, which the ONGC had received recently by post, had really been sent by his men.
In a communique to the media, Mr Barua said his outfit would also place similar demands with the Oil India Ltd, Coal India Ltd and other PSUs operating in Assam. He accused the “Indian” PSUs of “plundering” the natural resources of Assam on behalf of the “colonial rulers” in New Delhi. He warned the ONGC and other PSUs with “dire consequences” if they do not pay up.
The police top brass got in touch with the ONGC officials to chalk out a comprehensive plan for providing security to the PSU’s staff, oil wells, heavy equipment in transit and other installations across the state.
An extortion note reached the ONGC’s Assam Asset headquarters in Najira early this month, asking the PSU behemoth to pay up a whopping Rs 500 crore.