Rourkela: Maoists on Sunday handed over the
body of Special Operations Group personnel Laxman Kissan,
killed in a gunbattle between the two sides in Orissa`s
Sundargarh district, to his family in neighbouring Jharkhand.
Kissan`s body was handed over to his mother and four
sisters at Bansanala in Orissa-Jharkhand border where they had
gone with villagers after assurances by Maoist leader Samarji,
who is the `area commander` of Chhotanagpur area.
The family carried the 28 year-old personnel`s body
and later handed it over to the police at Birsa, about 15 km
away, for postmortem, police said.
The SOG personnel was killed during a gunbattle on
Saturday at Chirubeda in Saranda forest area, 30 kms from
here, and Samarji had told mediapersons earlier in the day
that the body was with them and would be handed over to his
family "with honour".
"Kissan was injured in the gunbattle. We saw him in
critical condition but could not give him medical help," he
Another SOG constable Bhabagrahi Nayak (28), who had
sustained a bullet injury, is in hospital, authorities said.
His condition is said to be out of danger.
Two Maoists were also killed in the gunbattle but
their bodies were yet to be found, police said, adding that
combing is on Saranada forest to trace the bodies.