RJD candidate from Maneka constituency in the poll-bound Jharkhand Ramchandra Singh and his aide were kidnapped by suspected naxalites in Latehar's Dhanukua village on Thursday night.

Singh along with his supporters was returning home after participating in a function when suspected naxalites picked them up, Inspector General of Police Rezi Dung Dung said. The abductors let off five of his supporters midway.

Singh represented Maneka constituency in the dissolved state assembly and has been re-nominated from the seat for the forthcoming assembly polls in the state.

Mr. Dung had on Thursday night claimed that the police had information that the duo was also let off and that the police were trying to establish contact with them.

Deputy Inspector General of Police Sashinath Jha and Superintendent of Police Kuldip Diwedi were overseeing the search operation, police said on Friday.

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