Maoists have kidnapped around 15 labourers and employees of a private construction company near Balthar Ghat in Jamui district of Bihar, police said on Tuesday.

Over 50 ultras on late Monday night stormed into the office of a private firm engaged in construction of a bridge over Bharnar River before taking away at gun point, employees and labourers of the firm to a forest bordering Giridih district in Jharkhand, Superintendent of Police R.N. Singh said.

An intensive combing operation has been launched in the forest to rescue the kidnapped persons, he said.