4 police officers abducted by naxals found dead in Chhattisgarh

Bodies were lying abandoned on the road that passes thorough a dense forested patch

Raipur/New Delhi: The bodies of four police officials, who were abducted on Monday by Naxals, were found on Wednesday in Chhattisgarh's insurgency-hit Bijapur district.

"Bodies of the four assistant constables have been found on a road near Gudma village under Kutru Police Station limits near the spot from where they were kidnapped by Naxals on Monday," Bijapur Additional Superintendent of Police Indira Kalyan Elesela, said.

As per a senior police official, the rebels had killed all the four jawans by holding the so-called 'Jan Adalat' (peoples' court), near Gudma village last night.

The personnel were identified as Jaidev Yadav, Mangal Sodhi and Raju Tela, all posted at Kutru Police Station, while Rama Majji was attached to Bedre Police Station in the region.

Soon after getting information of the bodies lying abandoned on the road that passes thorough a dense forested patch, security forces were rushed to the spot.

"The cause behind the death will be ascertained after the bodies will be taken to a nearby hospital," he said.

Security forces have been directed to take necessary precautionary measures to ensure the Maoists do not get a chance to target them while retrieving the bodies, he said.

On July 13, rebels had conducted a check of passenger buses and other vehicles en route to Kutru from Bijapur.

Two of the jawans were travelling in a bus, while the other two were on a motorcycle from Bijapur town to Kutru when they were intercepted near Saknapalli village. Upon identifying them as police personnel, Naxals abducted them, the ASP said.

Later, reports of abduction of two 'Gopniya Sainiks' (secret informers), also of assistant constable rank, travelling in the same region were also received. However, they were reported to be safe, the officer added.

Chief Minister Raman Singh said the killing of four policemen is an "act of cowardice" and shows the frustration of Naxals over the action being taken by the administration against them.

He said Naxals are frustrated over the various development-related activities being undertaken by the government.

"I am disheartened to know about the killing of four policemen by Naxals. It is an act of cowardice. I condemn it," Singh said here.

"The measures taken by the government for security of people and development of the state has made them frustrated. The act of killing show their cruel face," said the chief minister, who is here to attend a meeting of Niti Aayog to be chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Singh said he has directed state Forest Minister Mahesh Gagra and Director General of Police A N Upadhyaya to visit the spot to assess the situation. Gagra is a member of state legislative Assembly from Naxal-hit Bijapur area.

"They were without arms and travelling in a bus when they were abducted by Naxals.This is what Naxals do (kill innocent).”

"Their real face is exposed. The day is not far when Naxals and Naxalism will be removed from the state," Singh said.

Bijapur's Kutru region is considered as one of the strongest bastions of the outlawed CPI (Maoist) in Bastar region.

During the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, armed rebels had ambushed a polling party on April 12 near Ketulnar village and had killed six persons.

( Source : PTI )
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