Have vital clues about kidnapped policemen: Bihar govt

As the Maoist deadline for release of eight of their jailed colleagues in exchange of four kidnapped securitymen draws to an end, Bihar Police said it had received vital clues about the whereabouts of the abducted policemen.

Patna: As the Maoist deadline for release
of eight of their jailed colleagues in exchange of four
kidnapped securitymen draws to an end, Bihar Police Wednesday said
it had received vital clues about the whereabouts of the
abducted policemen.

IG (Operation) K S Dwivedi said from Lakhisarai
district, from where the four securitymen were kidnapped on
Sunday, that anti-Naxal operation would be stepped up in the
hilly terrains of the district and adjoining Jamui district.

"We have received vital clues about the whereabouts of
the kidnapped policemen and we are sure of a successful
operation," Dwivedi said.

On the Maoist demands for release of their
`commanders` from captivity by four PM today, he said the
persons referred to were "not at all hardcore Naxalites or
Maoist commanders`.

Avinash, a self-proclaimed spokesman of the CPI(Maoist),
had yesterday said his organisation had communicated the
deadline for release of the persons to Chief Minister Nitish
Kumar`s official residence in Patna, failing which they would
kill all the four securitymen.

Dwivedi said, "We are not guided by any statement of the
so-called spokesman of the Maoists to the media and we will do
what we are doing."

Six Bihar Military Police personnel, Officer-in-Charge
of Kawaiya police outpost Bhulan Yadav and a policeman were
killed in the fierce encounter with Maoists under Kajra PS
in Lakhisarai district on Sunday.

The Maoists also abducted Rupesh Kumar (SI), Abhay
Prasad Yadav (SI), Lucas Tete (BMP jawan) and Ehtesham Khan
(BMP Havildar) during the encounter.

PTI