Raipur: A policeman, missing since the
Gariyaband Naxal ambush and found in an unconscious state
yesterday, was held captive and tortured by the ultras for
nearly three days before managing to escape, police said on Tuesday.
Inspector General Durg R K Vij said that Naxals had
taken Holaram Sahu captive after the May 23 ambush, in which
nine policemen were killed, and tortured him for three days
before he managed to escape.
Holaram is currently undergoing treatment at the
intensive care unit (ICU) of a local hospital, he said.
Recounting the horror, Sahu told Vij that after the jeep,
carrying the policemen broke down near Aadhar village, he was
sent to get a tractor so that the vehicle could be pulled to
nearby Sonabeda village which he did.
Holaram said he was sitting in the tractor, while his
nine colleagues were in the police vehicle when the Naxals
surrounded them and opened fire killing all of them.
Holaram too retaliated but soon ran out of cartridges and
hence tried to escape but was caught by the Naxals at
Sonabeda, Vij said.
According to Holaram, four Naxals too were killed in the
exchange of fire and their bodies were carried away by the