“The kidnapping of officials involved in the development work would severely affect the progress of development in the state,” Gaikhangam said.
Seven persons were kidnapped by suspected Kuki militants on Thursday evening while returning to Imphal after inspecting the work progress of construction of a barrage at Dolaithabi area. Search operations have been intensified to trace them.
The seven persons kidnapped include Superintending Engineer Karunacharya Singh, Executive Engineer N Surchand, two officials of a Kolkata-based construction company Abhijit Sinha and Debajit Sinha, contractor Sanayaima Sharma and two drivers.
The officials had gone to inspect the work progress of the barrage at Dolaithabi without security personnel, adding that they should have gone there with security men.


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