Suspected armed Maoists on Tuesday abducted an officer-in-charge,injured an ASI and looted arms from a police station near Lalgarh in West Midnapore district,police said.
A group of about 25 Maoists on motorcycles raided the Sankrail police station,abducted officer-in-charge Atin Dutta and shot at assistant sub-inspector Sukhendu Mansata,they said.
They looted arms and ammunition from the police station which is surrounded by jungles.
The attackers,who included five to six women,left on the motorcycles,the sources said. Among the arms looted were Insas rifles,AK-47s and AK-56s,they said.
Maoist leader Kisenji claimed responsibility for the attack and warned the police and the Director General of Police Bhupinder Singh,who was at Midnapore,to stay put or they would behead the kidnapped officer.
If the police did not pursue the Maoists,the officer-in-charge would be released unharmed,he said over phone.