Police constable shot dead, SPO abducted by Naxals in Ch'garh



Raipur: A constable was shot dead on Thursday and a Special Police Officer was allegedly abducted by the Naxals in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh, an official said.

A Maoist was also killed in retaliatory fire at a Salwa Judum camp in Cherpal village in the wee hours, he said.

Police constable Pawan Mandavi was shot dead, while SPO Ramaiyya was abducted, Additional Director General of Police (Naxal Operations) Ramnivas said.

The two went to the camp last night to attend the wedding of a relative, he said, adding members of the Naxal Action Group reached the spot and attacked the duo.

A Naxal was killed in retaliatory fire by the security men present there, following which the ultras fled the scene but took Ramaiyya with them, the official said.

Some weapons were also recovered from the deceased Naxal, he noted.

Intensive search has been launched to trace the abducted SPO.

On Tuesday, a Naxal attack on a CRPF team in Dantewada district claimed the lives of seven jawans. The ultras had triggered a landmine blast on a patch connecting Sukma and Kendrapal areas of the district, blowing of a vehicle carrying the jawans.

PTI