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Updated: September 1, 2009 09:16 IST

Maoists abduct government official in Jharkhand

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This April 22, 2009 photo shows security men near the Utari Road railway station building, which was blown up by the Maoists in Palamau district of Jharkhand.
PTI This April 22, 2009 photo shows security men near the Utari Road railway station building, which was blown up by the Maoists in Palamau district of Jharkhand.

Maoist guerrillas have abducted a government official from the Palamau district of Jharkhand and demanded a ransom of Rs 20 lakh, police said on Tuesday.

About 20 rebels of the Jharkhand Liberation Tiger (JLT) abducted Alok Kumar at gun point from Kekargarh village of Palamau, 190 km from State capital Ranchi, on Monday evening.

Mr. Kumar is a Circle Officer (CO) of Paki block of Palamau district.

Mr. Kumar was abducted when he went there for selecting the Aganwadi members. The guerrillas have alleged that Mr. Kumar had already selected the Aganwadi members after taking bribe and was just completing formalities by visiting the village, a police officer said.

An operation has been launched to rescue Mr. Kumar, the officer added.

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