Eight persons, including four senior government officials, were kidnapped and later released by suspected Maoists in two similar incidents in Jharkhand on Saturday.

DGP control room sources said here four government officials, including an additional collector, went to Palahia area of Latehar district to supervise works done under the NREGA when they were kidnapped by suspected Maoists but released hours after.

The four were Additional Collector Shravan Sai, Executive Engineer S. Bhengra, the officer in the dairy department A.K. Sinha and an Assistant Engineer, whose name was not available.

In a similar incident, a supervisor and three labourers were today set free in Gumla, a day after they were abducted by Naxaltes in neighbouring Simdega district.

The Superintendent of Police, Gumla, N.K. Singh said the Maoists set them free near Bansdih village following intensive pressure owing to police raids.

“Two additional police companies are raiding the areas and under intense pressure the Naxalites set free all the four today,” Mr. Singh said. Twelve abductors were behind the incident.

The supervisor and labourers were yesterday were forcibly taken away from Dobhaya village in Simdega, where they were building Ramrekha dam.