A sub-engineer and a head mason, concerned in bridge building work in Chhattisgarh’s Bijapur district, have been kidnapped by armed Maoists on Friday, officers mentioned. They have been additionally threatened by the Maoists to cease work on the web site, they mentioned.

The incident occurred beneath the Bedre police station, 60 km from the district headquarters in Bijapur.

“A bridge is being constructed over the Indravati river to attach Bijapur and Narayanpur districts. It would join Bedre to Abujhamad, which is a menace to Maoists. Since it’s a delicate bridge, safety has been supplied to the development staff,” mentioned a senior police official from Bastar.

“The sub-engineer and the top mason have been each requested to go along with the Maoists. They (the Maoists) additionally took some masons however later, launched them halfway,” an official aware of the case mentioned.

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The sub-engineer has been recognized as Ashok Pawar. Police have intensified seek for each the boys, officers mentioned. The kidnapped individuals are privately employed by a Korba-based firm that’s constructing the bridge, police mentioned.

The bridge measuring 700 metres is among the expansive bridges being constructed on the Indravati river in Bastar division. Work on the bridge began 5 months in the past and remains to be on the preliminary levels.

“Soil testing and approximation work is happening. There’s Nugur camp on the southern fringe of the bridge, whereas the kidnapping occurred on the northern finish,” a senior police official mentioned.

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