Abducted by Naxals, 4 cops found dead in Chhattisgarh

RSTV Bureau

naxalThe four policemen who were abducted by naxals in Chhattisgarh two days ago, have been found dead. Their bodies have been recovered from the naxal infested Bijapur district of the state.

“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 press.

According to a senior police official, naxals killed all of them Gudma village last night, before a ‘Jan Adalat’ (peoples’ court).

Chief Minister Raman Singh condemned the killings saying, “I am disheartened to know about the killing of four policemen by naxals. It is an act of cowardice. I condemn it.”

“The measures taken by the government for security of people and development of the state, has made them frustrated. The act of killing shows their cruel face,” said the CM, who is in Delhi to attend a meeting with the prime minister.

The four police personnel have been identified as Jaidev Yadav, Mangal Sodhi, Raju Tela and Rama Majji. Majji was posted at the Bedre police station while the other three belonged to the Kutru police station.

The bodies were found lying abandoned on a road that passes through a dense forest in the area. Once the information came in, security forces were dispatched to the spot to retrieve the bodies. The forces were also asked to take necessary precautionary measures to ensure that they are not attacked by naxals, while fetching the bodies.

“The cause behind the death will be ascertained after the bodies will be taken to a nearby hospital,” explained ASP Elesela.

The policemen were abducted on July 13 between Bijapur and Kutru. Two of them were travelling in a passenger bus and the other two were on a motorcycle. The naxals conducted a surprise check on all vehicles passing through that route. The naxals abucted them as soon as it was proven that they were policemen, said ASP Elesela.

Bijapur’s Kutru area is considered as one of the strongest bastions of naxalites. During the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, armed rebels had ambushed a polling party on April 12 near Ketulnar village and had killed six persons.

(With inputs from PTI)