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Officers held hostage by tribals

Jamshedpur, Jan. 31: Three unsuspecting executives of Jindal Steel today paid the price for venturing into Asanboni, 15 km from here, without the “permission” of local villagers.

A violent and abusive mob kept them hostage for nearly two hours before the police rushed to rescue them. A few months ago, officials of Bhushan Steel, too, had to face hostile villagers, who held them captive.

A director of Jindal Steel & Power Limited, B. Goyal, chief executive officer B.M. Gujral and senior general manager Avijit Ghosh were scouting the area where Jindal plans to invest Rs 11,000 crore for a steel factory and a captive power plant. A circle officer and a villager were with them. The circle officer said the villagers “threatened us with dire consequences if we visited again”.