Raipur: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh on Friday appealed to the Maoists to release four policemen, abducted by them in Bijapur district, on humanitarian ground.
Talking to newspersons here, he said, "I appeal to the Naxals to release the policemen on humanitarian ground and without any pre-conditions."
The policemen, part of a seven-member team, were abducted on September 19 from Bhopalpatnam area bordering Andhra Pradesh. Bodies of three other personnel were found a day later on Monday.
Singh said he has sought help from the Andhra Pradesh government for safe release of Assistant Sub-Inspector Sukhruram Bhagat, Constables Narendra Bhosale, Subhash Patre
and B Toppo. Earlier in the day, the chief minister met the families of these personnel and assured them of making all efforts to secure their release.
DGP Vishwarangan said that besides the four, wife of a Special Police Officer is also in the captivity of the ultras. They all have been kept at separate locations. He said a large number of jawans have been dispatched in the jungles in search of the policemen, while Andhra Pradesh police are carrying out their own operation.