Bihar police decides to step up operations against Maoists

Last Updated: Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 22:21

Patna: Notwithstanding Bihar CM Nitish Kumar`s offer for talks with Maoists, the state government on Thursday night decided to intensify operations to secure the safe release of 4 policemen taken hostage by Naxals as there was no guarantee the other three cops would be spared.
"The Maoists claim that they have killed one of the
hostages, though we are yet to get any evidence of it. But as
they have set a deadline of 10:00 am tomorrow, what is the
guarantee that they will release the remaining three?" ADG
(Hqs) P K Thakur said after a meeting at the chief minister`s
official bungalow.

"In the given circumstances, we are left with no option
other than further stepping up the operations for the safe
release of the hostages," Thakur told reporters after the
meeting presided over by the chief minister.

Avinash, a self-proclaimed Maoist spokesman, telephoned
media offices here, claiming that one of the hostages,
sub-inspector, Abhay Yadav, had been killed after the expiry
of the deadline today for freeing eight ultras in jail in
exchange for the release of the hostages.
He warned the remaining three hostages would be killed if
the state government did not concede the demand by 10:00 am
tomorrow.

After the chief minister`s offer of talks, he again rang
up media houses to inform that the slain sub-inspctor`s body
would be left near a police station between 10:00 and 11:00 pm
tonight and the police and media would be informed about it.

On the offer of talks, he said "if the state government
is at all interested in talks we can be contacted on
09572825434."

The Maoists had kidnapped sub-inspectors Rupesh Kumar
and Abhay Prasad Yadav, BMP havildar Ehtesham Khan and BMP ASI
Lucas Tete after the encounter in Kajra police station area on
Sunday, which had left eight policemen dead.

PTI



First Published: Thursday, September 2, 2010 - 22:21

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