Incident Summary:

11/20/2017: Assailants abducted Suresh Rajak, a forest official, from the Kaimur Wildlife Sanctuary in Kaimur district, Bihar, India. The outcome of the kidnapping is unknown. Maoists claimed responsibility for the incident and demanded a ransom in exchange for Rajak's release.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:


Kaimur district

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Government (General)
Name of Entity Environment and Forest Department of Bihar
Specific Description Kaimur Divisional Forest Officer: Suresh Rajak
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Outcome Unknown
Ransom Yes
Total Ransom Amount Demanded 12288.00
Ransom Amount Demanded from US Sources 0.00
Total Ransom Amount Paid Unknown
Total Ransom Amount Paid by US Sources Unknown
Ransom Notes Unknown
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Unknown Gun Type
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Maoists Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Call (post-incident))
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 4
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties Unknown
Total Number of Fatalities Unknown
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured Unknown
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Rebels abduct forest officer," Calcutta Telegraph, November 21, 2017.
"Maoists abduct forest official in Bihar, demand Rs 8 lakh ransom," Hindustan Times, November 21, 2017.