Four mining officials abducted in eastern India

120514-abductionSTORY: Four mining officials were abducted in eastern India’s Jharkhand state, said a senior official on Friday (December 05).

A section of media reported that deputy directors of the mines department Bipin Bihari Satiyar, Saket Bharti, stenographer Mahanti Toppo and driver Nitai Chandra were kidnapped by Maoists in West Singhbhum district. Though, their whereabouts is unknown still.

“Four of them had left yesterday for the inspection of the Roro mines in a private vehicle. We got information that private vehicle had returned. We have come to that some unidentified persons have taken them into custody. We have no information who has abducted them and where they are,” said a top official of mines safety, Manish Murkute.

Distraught family of abductees urged the kidnappers to release them soon.

“I appeal, ‘please free them’. They don’t interfere in your (abductors) work. Please release them. You can contact us. Where you have taken them and what is the matter? We don’t know anything. We are in extreme pain,” Anita, wife of abducted official Bipin Satiyar.

The Jharkhand government has dispatched two police teams to search for the officials and secure their release.

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