Maoists in Nepal have abducted 16 people, including seven party workers of Nepali Congress (D), in two separate incidents, police said.
Seven workers of the Nepali Congress (Democratic) were abducted from Budhanilkantha, 12 km north of Kathmandu on Thursday, party sources said adding one of those kidnapped was beaten up before being taken away.
The Maoists also abducted four women, two men and three minors from Balkhu area on Thursday morning on charges of their involvement in drug peddling, police said.
However, later in the evening they were handed over to the police.
The Nepali Congress (Democratic) in a statement condemned the abduction of their cadres by the guerrillas.
Serious attention of the Maoists is drawn towards these kinds of incidents, flouting the ceasefire code of conduct, at a time when the peace talks are underway, the statement said.
The party has also urged the rebels to make public of the abducted and release them immediately.