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Ranchi, Feb.15: Security personnel have started a massive hunt in Sonahatu forests to rescue a 32-year-old engineer, who was abducted by suspected Maoists from a construction site at Bundu of Ranchi district on Thursday night.

SSP Bhimsen Tuti said the efforts were on to rescue the engineer, Pankaj Kumar Yadav, at the earliest. “We will leave no stone unturned to bring him back,” Tuti said.

Yadav, engaged in construct of a 500m bridge over Kanchi River at Sumandih, about 50km from the district headquarters, was abducted from the work site at gunpoint by suspected rebels on Thursday night.

A resident of Arwal in Bihar, Yadav is an employee of Hazaribagh-based Sidhartha Construction, which has been working on the bridge for the past five-six months.

According to eyewitnesses, Yadav was sleeping in an asbestos-roof house when a group of armed rebels barged into his room. They forced him to walk towards a group of around 20 Maoists who were waiting at some distance.

Soon, the rebels, along with the engineer, disappeared in the jungle.

Sources said the rebels let go 22 workers present at the spot.


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