Incident Summary:

12/21/2020: Assailants abducted two Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure employees, Pranab Kumar Gogoi and Ram Kumar, from a drilling site in Khumchaikha, Arunachal Pradesh, India. Gogoi was released on April 3, 2021, and Kumar was released two days later on April 5, 2021. The United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) and the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) jointly claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded a ransom for the release of the hostages. ULFA Commander-in-Chief, Paresh Baruah demanded the hostages' employer (Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure) must pay compensation for exploiting natural resources in the area, demanding the company stop operations in the region. Sources also attributed the attack to the National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM).




South Asia

region/u.s. state:

Arunachal Pradesh


Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Business
Name of Entity Quippo Oil and Gas Infrastructure
Specific Description Employees: Pranab Kumar Gogoi, Ram Kumar
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 2
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 105
Outcome Hostage(s) released by perpetrators
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 2606226.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Isak-Muivah (NSCN-IM) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: E-mail)
National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) No
United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 14
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 0 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 0
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"ULFA (I) releases second kidnapped employee of oil exploration firm," Outlook India, April 5, 2021.
"ULFA-I releases second oil firm hostage," The Hindu, April 5, 2021.
"Death threat and cash demand issued for kidnapped Indian oilfield worker,", January 29, 2021.