Monday, December 31, 2007

Two cops ‘stoned to death’ in Naxal-hit area in UP

By Anand S. Raj (Our correspondent)

31 December 2007

LUCKNOW — Two policemen were reportedly stoned to death in Naxal-affected area of Panchsheel in Mirzapur district on Saturday, according to reports reaching here.

The bodies of the victims, identified as Mahavir Yadav (52) and Pankaj Kumar Singh (32), were recovered from the dense forests falling in Panchsheel area under Madioan police circle. Both cops, posted in Ahrauna police station, were missing since Friday night. Their faces had been smashed with blunt objects. Sources in the police said that on Friday night, the constables had gone to Janki village, which falls under Ahrora Police Station, on a motorcycle and had taken a resident, Birju with them.

Birju, meanwhile, told the police that the policemen took him near the forest and told him to wait outside.

He said the two went into the forest but did not return for hours. Birju returned to his village and narrated the incident to some people there. On Saturday morning, the constables were found dead in the forest by some villagers. Police suspect it could be the handiwork of poachers, who are active in these forests. Mirzapur Additional Superintendent of Police Ram Swaroop was quoted as saying that he did not suspect the involvement of Naxalites.
However, Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) Brij Lal said they were yet to establish the identity of the killers

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