Eight personnel of the Chhattisgarh police are suspected to have been abducted by the Maoists in Bijapur district in the last 24 hours. While the police have confirmation of four personnel, the details of others are still awaited. Last week, a personnel Madvi Soma was abducted in Sukma district.
All of them are auxiliary constables, residents of local villages that bring them into direct conflict with the rebels. Some of them are surrendered Maoists who were inducted into the force.
The abduction has created uproar in the police as this is the first instance in the last several years that such a large number of personnel were abducted by the rebels.
“Eight personnel have gone missing. We have confirmation that four have been abducted. We are trying to trace the others,” Bijapur Asp I Kalyan Eleseela told The Indian Express.
The four are Jaydev Yadav, Mangal Sori, Raju Tela and Rama Majji. Three of them were posted in Kutru police station, another was in Bedre.
According to the police, the two of them were in a passenger bus. The rebels forced the bus to halt and abducted them on gunpoint. Two personnel were on a bike.
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.