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Maoists on rampage again,kill abducted policeman in Odisha

Kriparam Majhi was kidnapped while escorting a water tanker to a CRPF camp at Goudha.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Published: May 8, 2012 3:50 pm

Barely a week after Maoists ended their long abduction drama by releasing Sukma district collector,they killed an assistant sub-inspector of Odisha in Nuapara district. Assistant sub-inspector Kriparam Majhi was abducted a few kilometres away from a CRPF camp.

Senior police officials in Nuapara said a group of Maoists abducted Majhi at 11.45 am when was escorting a water tanker to the CRPF camp. The incident took place at Dharmabandha area,just five kms away from C/215 CRPF battalion at Goudha. He was in-charge of Dharmabandha police outpost.

His body was later discovered 25 kms away from the spot he was abducted. A constable who was with Majhi,however,managed to escape.

The CRPF base camp located near Sunabeda sanctuary on the Odisha-Chhatisgarh border,considered as haven for Mainpuri division of Maoists from Chhattisgarh.

Exactly a year ago,Maoists had shot dead nine policemen from Chhattisgarh,including an additional superintendent of police inside Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary of Nuapara district. The 600 sq km Sunabeda wildlife sanctuary has now become a training ground for Maoists from Chhattisgarh.

Since March this year,Maoists have struck four times in Odisha and Chhattisgarh. In March,they abducted two Italian tourists on Ganjam-Kandhamal border of Odisha followed by abduction of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka. Last month they abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon. However,all of them were released safely after fulfilment of several demands including release of a few of their jailed colleagues.

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