The United Liberation Front of Assam (Independent) has released the 27-year-old son of an Assam Bharatiya Janata Party leader more than a month after kidnapping him, NDTV reported on Friday. Kuldeep Moran, the son of Tinsukia Zila Parishad Vice President Ratnaswer Moran, was kidnapped on August 1 by the militant group, which demanded a Rs 1-crore ransom for his release. However, it has not been made clear if the money had been paid to secure Kuldeep’s release.
The group had put out a video showing Kuldeep, surrounded by five masked men holding guns, requesting his family and Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal to arrange for his release by paying the ransom. Earlier, the group had sent a separate message with the ransom demand to BJP MLA Bolin Chetia, who is Moran’s uncle. Kuldeep Moran is considered close to the legislator, who won from the Sadiya constituency during the recent Assembly elections in the state. Both Ratnaswer and Chetia were members of the Congress before switching to the BJP.