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Maoists abduct four Jharkhand mines department officials

Four officials of Jharkhand Mines Department were, according to reports, suspected to have been abducted by Maoists in West Singhbhum district on Friday. Deputy Directors Bipin Bihari Satiyar, Saket Bharti, stenographer Mahanti Toppo and driver Nitai Chandra were kidnapped on Thursday afternoon while they were going to inspect mines there.

According to Superintendent of Police Narendra Kumar Singh, four officials were suspected to have been kidnapped around 4 pm on Thursday by Naxalites from Roro’s asbestos mines under Muffasil police station near Chaibasa, the headquarters town of West Singhbhum district.

The officials did not inform the local police station before visiting the mines, he said, adding that security forces had surrounded the area and a search operation was on to locate them. Two police teams have been sent to search for the officials and secure their release.
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