Maoists have abducted eight persons including employees of HINDALCO Bauxite Mining Company and set vehicles and mining equipment on fire in this district, police said on Tuesday.
"The HINDALCO company's supervisor Baldev Saha, its two other employees, a private contractor and four labourers were yesterday (on Monday) kidnapped by the activists of the CPI (Maoist) near Tetarpani village in Gumla district," Superintendent of Police Upendra Kumar told newsmen in Gumla.
A group of armed Maoists stopped their car and asked them to get down before setting the vehicle on fire. They took the eight occupants of the car along with them, he said.
Later, the Maoists torched six dumpers, two tractors and two earth cutter machines near Kujam village and set them ablaze, the SP said.
Intensive combing operation has been launched to locate and rescue the abducted persons, he added.