A Central Coalfields Limited (CCL) employee, who was abducted by suspected Maoists on March 18, escaped from his captors and reunited with his family on Sunday.
On March 18, CCL dumper operator Shivnarayan Munda, 48, was coming back home after work on his bike. Five men, who police suspect are Maoists, knocked him off the two-wheeler and took him by foot to an unidentified place near a mountain.
From there, the men called Munda’s family and demanded Rs. 10 lakh for his release.
Munda’s son Jitendra Munda informed the police about the abduction and a massive search operation was launched to rescue him. Meanwhile, the kidnappers changed their locations frequently to elude detection.
However, on Sunday morning, Munda managed to escape from captivity. He ran aimlessly away from the place where he was held and somehow reached Balsagra under Mandu police station.
He contacted the police and his family members from there. Soon, the police recovered him from Balsagra and took him to his house in Gitilchira Tola.
Munda later told police that the abductors treated him well and gave him enough food on time. Giddi police inspector Kamlesh Prasad said, “We are conducting raids to nab the abductors. They behaved well with Shivnarayan Munda and served him food on time.”
In fact, the abductions in this region are not new. Earlier, another CCL employee, Kanta Babu, was abducted with three others from Ramgarh district, but was released later.
The Maoists are active in the Coal Belt and they extort money by terrorising people or as ransom for releasing people they have abducted.
There were instances when the kidnappers have killed the abductees after their family failed to raise the ransom money.