Jamui: The branch manager and an accountant of a nationalised bank have been kidnapped from Jamui district of Bihar, a police officer said on Tuesday.
The kidnappers have reportedly demanded a ransom of Rs 20 lakh for the duo's release, he said.
"We got information that the two bank officials were kidnapped last night, but their family members are not coming forth to the police. They are not sharing information about the ransom calls with police, perhaps out of fear," said Jhajha Station House Officer (SHO), Neeraj Kumar.
Kumar added that police found Paswan's motorcycle "at a deserted place near Shatighat cremation ground, in the Jhajha police station area".
The branch manager, identified as Om Prakash Paswan, and accountant Ranjeet Kumar were posted at Canara Bank's Rajla branch in the district, around 200-km from state capital Patna.
Police said efforts are being made to ascertain whether it was criminals or Maoists who have kidnapped the bank officials. According to intelligence inputs received by them, motorcycle-borne persons kidnapped the duo while they were returning home.
Raids are being conducted since last night to trace the duo and nab the kidnappers with Jamui SP Upendra Prasad Singh camping in the area to lead the efforts.