Maoists have killed four SPO-turned-auxiliary constables of the Chhattisgarh police they had abducted on Monday afternoon. Bodies of the four constables were found on Wednesday morning near Kutru in Bijapur district.
The four have been identified as Jaydev Yadav, Mangal Sori, Raju Tela and Rama Majji. Three of them were posted in Kutru police station, while another was in Bedre. Residents of local villages, they were deployed by the police to counter the rebels.
“Four policemen have been killed. Their bodies were found Wednesday morning,” ADG (Naxal Ops) RK Vij confirmed.
In a July 2011 order, the Supreme Court had asked the Chhattisgarh government to disband the Special Police Officers, better known as SPOs. The government, however, brought a new law to bypass the top court order and rechristened the SPOs as auxiliary constables. They are always on the prime target of Maoists, but still receive minimum security.
Two of them were abducted on Monday afternoon when they were travelling in a passenger bus in Bijapur. The rebels forced the bus to halt and abducted them at gunpoint. Two other SPOs were on a bike when the Maoists stopped the two-wheeler and abducted them.
The incident has stirred the police as this is the first instance in several years in which four personnel were abducted and killed by the rebels.
In 2010, the Maoists had abducted 5 personnel in Bijapur. Four of them were released after the intervention of local journalists. The fifth was killed.
Last week, another auxiliary constable Madvi Soma was abducted in Sukma district.