In a late night strike on Thursday, a group of Maoists abducted six labourers from a village bordering the Naxal-dominated district of Jamui and Lakhisarai in Bihar.

The incident took place around 10 p.m. when the labourers were working at a sand loading site. “The Maoists, who came from Gopalpur village in Lakhisarai, took away seven labourers but on the way they left behind one person, who was old and inebriated,” Superintendent of Police Jitendra Rana told The Hindu.The Maoists also set two earth mover machines on fire. They put up four posters, naming the site contractors and warning the villagers not to work for them. The police, along with the Central Reserve Police Force, launched a combing operation to trace the workers.

In January 2013, Maoists had abducted eight constriction workers in Jamui and later released them.

Jamui, a volatile region due to Maoist activity, is going to polls on April 10, along with other Naxal-dominated districts such as Aurangabad and Gaya.