Maoists claim kidnapped Bihar policemen in their custody

Maoists issued an ultimatum to the Bihar government to release eight of their jailed colleagues.

Updated: Aug 31, 2010, 11:21 AM IST

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.