Maoists claim kidnapped Bihar policemen in their custody
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 11:21
Munger/Lakhisarai: Maoists Tuesday issued an ultimatum to the Bihar government to release eight of their jailed colleagues by tomorrow failing which they would kill all the four securitymen kidnapped by them from Lakhisarai district.

Claiming responsibility for killing seven policemen during the encounter in the district on Sunday and kidnapping the security personnel, Avinash, a self-proclaimed spokesman of CPI(Maoist), told reporters in Munger over phone early this morning that they had communicated their demand to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's official residence in Patna.

"Eight of our commanders lodged in jails of Bihar should be released otherwise we will be compelled to kill the four policemen - two Sub-Inspectors and two Bihar Military Police (BMP) jawans captured on Sunday," Avinash said.

He said, "We have asked the government to release our colleagues who include Jaipaswan, Vijay Chourasia, Prem Bhuiyan, Pramod Barnwal by 4.00 pm tomorrow."

Avinash claimed that their cadre provided first-aid to some of the BMP jawans who were critically wounded and were shifted by locals to hospital.

"We lost a commander Ratan Yadav in the operation but we succeeded in taking away 35 weapons," he said and denied reports that some more casualties occurred on their side.

"Among those killed in the encounter were six Bihar Military Police personnel, officer-in-charge of Kawaiya police outpost Bhulan Yadav and a policeman," Superintendent of Police Ashok Kumar Singh had said after reaching the spot.


First Published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 11:21

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