Incident Summary:

06/20/2020: Assailants abducted a rice trader in Sahebganj, Jharkhand, India. The hostage was killed and his body was discovered in a field in Chota Barmasia village on June 28, 2020. No group claimed responsibility; however, sources attributed the attack to the National Santhali Liberation Army (NSLA) and apprehended four assailants.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Indian Police Service (IPS)
Specific Description Patrol
Nationality of Target India
Target Type: Private Citizens & Property
Name of Entity Not Applicable
Specific Description Rice Trader: Arun Kumar Sah
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 8
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Firearms Handgun
Weapon Details
A country-made pistol was used in the attack.
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
Additional Information The victims included ASI Satish Chadra Rai and Officer Harish Pathak.
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
National Santhali Liberation Army (NSLA) No
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators Unknown
Number of Captured Perpetrators 4
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
"Four with Assam-based group nabbed for killing Sahibganj businessman," Times of India, July 1, 2020.
"Abducted trader found dead in a field in Sahebganj," The Telegraph, June 29, 2020.