Indian Naxalite rebels abduct U.S. university teacher: police

13:51, July 01, 2011      

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India's extreme left-wing Naxalite rebels have abducted an Indian-origin U.S. university teacher and another local person in the eastern state of Bihar, said police on Thursday.

Juhi Tyagi of Stony Brook University in New York was abducted by suspected Naxalites while she was on a visit to the state's Jamui district in connection with her research on Naxal problems in India. Another local resident has also been abducted.

Both of them were missing for the last two days, the official said, adding that a massive operation has been launched to rescue the abducted persons.

Naxalites often abduct Indian government officials and trade them as hostages in exchange for the release of their jailed comrades. But, this is probably the first time they have abducted a university teacher, according to police.

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