Maoist release body of slain Bihar cop

Sub-Inspector Abhay Kumar Yadav`s body was found near a forest in Lakhisarai district early today.

Zeenews Bureau

Patna: A day after Maoists claimed to have killed Sub-Inspector Abhay Kumar Yadav, the body of the abducted Bihar policeman was found near a forest in Lakhisarai district early Friday, media reports said.

According to local news channels, Yadav`s body was found near Simratali forest under Chanan police station in Lakhisarai.

Yadav was killed at around 4 pm Thursday, six hours after the expiry of the Maoists` second deadline of 10 am. The killing took place following a decision by a `jan adalat` or kangaroo court, a Maoist spokesman had said.

Yadav was one of the four Bihar policemen kidnapped by Maoists after a six-hour gunfight in Lakhisarai district Sunday. The gunbattle left seven policemen dead and 10 injured. Maoists claimed the gunfight was in retaliation for the killing of their leader Azad and a journalist in Andhra Pradesh.
The other three policemen are Rupesh Kumar Sinha, Lukas Gete and Ehsan Khan

After killing Yadav, the Maoists said the fate of the remaining three policemen would be decided by 10 am Friday if the state government failed to initiate a dialogue or negotiate with them.

"The Bihar government compelled us to kill Yadav as the second deadline expired," he said.

After getting news of the killing, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said his government is ready for talks with the Leftwing rebels.

"We have been ready for talks," Nitish Kumar said on the sidelines of a function in the state capital.

He also said the eight Maoists lodged in different jails in Bihar, whose release is being demanded by the Maoists, are being taken care of well, and he expected the rebels to mete the same treatment to the abducted policemen.

With IANS inputs