Four government employees were kidnapped by suspected Naxals in Jharkhand's Giridih district. The kidnap happened in the Navkania village of the district's Naxal-dominated Pirtand block, 300 km from capital Ranchi when the victims were at a school to organise a camp to collect applications for social security pensions. Among the kidnapped, three are panchayat-level staff and the fourth is a Prime Minister Rural Development Fellow (PMRDF).
Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren held an high level meeting with police officials and Central Reserve Police Force deployed special teams to trace the kidnappers. CM Hemant also said that the government is ready to fulfill the demands of Naxals if they release the employees.