Rourkela: A former Sarpanch was allegedly kidnapped by the members of Peoples’ Liberation Front of India (PLFI) in Sundargarh district for refusing to pay them extortion money.
The former sarpanch has been identified as Agnesh Siyush, a resident of Jamdara village.
According to reports, PLFI members abducted the former sarpanch from Patob village under Nuagaon block located on Odisha-Jharkhand border at around 9.00 pm on Tuesday after he refused to pay extortion money which is Rs 3 lakh.
Source said that Agnesh was released in the forest after being assaulted by the PLFI members. Even the splinter group of Maoists opened 12 rounds in the air at the village to terrorise the locals.
Following the incident, police reached the village and seized 12 bullet shells. An investigation is on to ascertain whether the PLFI was behind abduction of the former Sarpanch and blank firing at the village.
Source said that Agnesh was suspended four months ago in connection with a solar light scam in the village.