Garhwa/Latehar (Jharkhand): Maoists on Sunday
claimed to have abducted the chairperson of Garhwa Zilla
Parishad and three others, and demanded the removal of police
camps in Latehar district for their release.
Police, however, said they did not have any information
about the abduction.
"Zilla Parishad chairperson Susma Mehta and three other
persons are in our custody," a person claiming to be CPI
(Maoist)`s `Koel Committee` spokesman informed the media at
Latehar over phone.
The four would be freed if the Jharkhand government
removed three police base camps set up in Latehar`s Sarju,
Odya and Kone areas, said the `spokesman`, who identified
himself as Sudhirji.
Following the landmine blast yesterday, Mehta`s husband
claimed that Maoists had abducted his wife, her bodyguard
Sunesh Ram, driver Ahmed and CPI (ML-Liberation) leader Akhtar
The four persons were abducted while travelling in a car,
soon after Maoists killed 13 policemen in a landmine blast
near Bariganwa forest yesterday, he had said.
Earlier in the day, Director General of Police G S Rath
told reporters in Garhwa that officials had no information
about any such abduction.