Bodies of four abducted police officials found in Chhattisgarh

Raipur (PTI): The bodies of four police officials, who were abducted on Monday by Naxals, were found today 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, told PTI.

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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. 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.

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