Friday, January 25, 2008

Cops comb forests for abducted policemen in Chhattisgarh

Raipur, Jan 25 (IANS) The police search teams have gone into the thick forests of Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district Friday to look for two Special Police Officers (SPOs) whom Maoist militants kidnapped late Thursday, the police said.

"Several search teams have spread over in the Maoist stronghold forested hamlets of Bhairamgarh and Gangloor areas early Friday to rescue the two tribal male SPOs who were taken hostage by leftists radicals Thursday," Ankit Garg, Bijapur district superintendent of police, told newsmen at Bijapur town nearly 440 km south of capital Raipur.

The police believe that both policemen, in their late 20s, are kept in a rebel hideout in the forests near Bhairamgarh locality.

Meanwhile, thousands of security forces have been deployed Friday in and around the government installations in the insurgency hit southern Bastar region and at the residences of politicians and top police officers in Raipur in view of Maoists' call to boycott the Republic Day celebrations Saturday.

Maoists release abducted tribal cops in Chhattisgarh

By IANS 01/29/2008

Raipur : After keeping them in captivity for four days, Maoist militants in Chhattisgarh released two tribal Special Police Officers (SPOs)from their custody Monday in the southern district of Bijapur.

"Both the SPOs, males in their late 20s, were set free by the leftist extremists today, they are unharmed but highly terrorised," Ankit Garg, Bijapur district superintendent of police, told IANS.

He added that the two men were released in a forested area of Gangloor in Bijapur district in Bastar region, some 440 km south of capital Raipur, from where they were abducted Jan 24.

"The SPOs were released only after they committed to the rebels that they would not assist police force in the future anti-Maoist operations," a local police officer said.

The Chhattisgarh government has recruited about 4,500 local youths, mainly tribals, as SPOs in the worst insurgency affected districts of Bijapur and its adjoining Dantewada. The main responsibility of the SPOs is to assist the police force to dismantle rebels' terror network at grass root level.

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