Naxals abduct 8 workers in Bihar

Suspected Naxals kidnapped eight construction workers from Khaira in Jamui district of Bihar on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday. This is the third such incident in Jamui in the past six months.

The police said the incident took place when more than three dozen armed Naxals surrounded a construction site camp at around 2 am and kidnapped eight workers who were engaged by the Bihar Rajya Pul Nirman Nigam for constructing a bridge over Badalidih river. The extremists had objected to the resumption of work on the bridge a fortnight ago reportedly without a "levy" being paid to them.

Area commander of the Naxals in Jamui on Sunday issued a statement through the local media taking responsibility for kidnapping the workers and threatening to kill them if the construction work over the bridge — being constructed over the past five years — was not stopped immediately.

Jamui Superintendent of Police Upendra Kumar Sharma said: "We also suspect Maoists' involvement behind the kidnapping. We have started combing operation. We have got some leads."

Naxal-infested Jamui has over a dozen road and bridge construction projects in progress.

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