Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Two sweepers of joint forces abducted; one released

Kolkata, Nov 10 (PTI) Maoist-backed tribals allegedly kidnapped two sweepers attached to the security forces engaged in anti-naxal operations in West Midnapore district, but released one of them after a few hours.

Ramswarup Hela and Rajendra Hela were posted at the Dharampore camp. "They are not jawans, but they are part of the joint forces definitely," IG (Law and Order) Surajit Kar Purokayanstha said.

Rajendra Hela was released about 10.30 pm.

Maoist leader Kishenji told PTI over phone that they were kidnapped by 'the people' and handed over to them. "They are now our prisoners of war."

He was freed as his mother was hospitalised, Kishenji said.

"Rajendra Hela was on way to the camp as we have heard," a senior district police officer said.

However, the other is still in captivity.

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