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J&K Hostage Drama: 11 Bihar Youths Held Captive

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By: Santosh Singh | PATNA, BIHAR
Updated: October 20, 2022 19:02
Worried family members say they are too poor to pay any ransom
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Eleven Bihar youths have been kept against their wishes in Kashmir’the pretext of giving jobs by a Delhi-based contractor.

The 11 victims have been identified as Sandeep, Rahul, Paras, Natu, Shyam, Birbal, Sadasi, Prahlad, Saurabh, Ujala and Sohit.

Families of the youth alleged that they were getting calls for ransom if they wanted their children back. The distressed families of the 11 youths have contacted the authorities requesting help.

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The Superintendent of Police, Kartikeya Sharma, said, “It (the incident) has been informed by the family members. He said that in this matter, the SP of the concerned district is being contacted. All the youths will be brought back to their homes safely.”

Sources have said that the families of the 11 youths were contacted by a Palamu-based contractor identified as Prakash Soni, who promised to give them jobs in Jammu and Kashmir.

They reached Palamu on October 7 and since then they have been forced to stay back. On one occasion, one of the youths called his home on October 13, but after that, they could not be contacted. The kidnapper is demanding ₹1.20 lakhs for the safe return of the youth, the family alleged.

“Everyone is scared as their locations keep changing. The children also said that they would be sold in other countries if the demand of the kidnapper was not met,” one of the family members said.

The families of the kidnapped youths said that they belong to a poor background and are not in a financial condition to meet the ransom demands.

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