Garhwa: Anti-Maoist operations were halted
for a day on Saturday in the hope that the ultras would release
abducted policeman Sunesh Ram, who has not returned home after
the January 22 landmine blast in Jharkhand`s Garhwa district.
The operations were halted for a day after Ram`s family
made a request on the basis of media reports that he would be
released if they were halted, Garhwa Superintendent of Police
Michael S Raj told reporters here.
The anti-Maoist operations were launched in Garhwa,
Palamau and Latehar districts after 13 policemen were killed
in a landmine blast near Bariganwa forests.
The rank of Ram, who was posted with the Garhwa district
police, has not been disclosed.
He was deputed as a security guard to Garhwa Zilla
Parishad chairperson Susma Mehta. Ram was accompanying her and
two others to Bargarh. All of them were were kidnapped by
Maoists after the landmine explosion.
The left-wing guerrillas had told local media in Latehar
that they would release them if the operations against them
were halted and three base camps situated in Latehar removed
The rebels later let off Mehta and two others, but kept
Ram in their custody, as narrated to the police by the
chairperson after she was released on January 24.