Police rescued two of four employees of the Director General of Mines Safety (DGMS) on Friday, a day after they were kidnapped while on an inspection of an abandoned asbestos mine at Roro village in West Singhbhum district.
DGMS deputy directors BB Satiyar and Saket Bharti were among those kidnapped.
Narendra Kumar Singh, the police chief of West Singhbhum, told HT that the rescued employees were in their safe custody, but refused to divulge their identities.
“The operation is continuing,” Singh said, adding he was hopeful of rescuing the remaining two soon.
Satiyar and Bharti, along with two junior staffers of DGMS, were abducted from a place 24 km from the district headquarters, Chaibasa. They were inspecting complaints from villagers that waste from a mine, which was closed in 1991, was damaging their fields.
The Chaibasa police swung into action after the driver of the vehicle carrying the DGMS personnel informed police about the abduction.
Singh had confirmed the involvement of the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI), a Maoist splinter group, in the abduction.