The seven persons -- Superintending Engineer N Karnaraj, Executive Engineer N Surachandra, their two drivers, contractor Sanayaima Sharma, Abhijit Sinha and Debajit Sinha were abducted from Pukhuo Terapur area in Imphal East district, about 15 km from Imphal on Thursday.

Both Abhijit Sinha and Debajit Sinha belong to a Kolkata-based construction company, sources said. The seven persons who were returning to Imphal after inspecting a worksite were taken to an unknown place by the armed abductors, the police said.

As per preliminary investigation, monetary demand from the officials appeared to be the cause of the kidnapping. An IFCD official, on condition of anonymity, appealed to the kidnappers to release the officials unharmed as their abduction would severely affect the development programmes of the department.

No individual or group has claimed the responsibility for the incident, the police said.


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