A policeman was hacked to death with an axe by two unidentified men in a village market in Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district on Sunday, an official said.
Police suspect the involvement of Maoists but a probe is on to know if the murder was a fallout of personal enmity.
The incident took place when Assistant Constable Suresh Komra (42) had gone to the weekly market in Kutru village to buy essentials around 1.30 pm, Inspector General of Police (Bastar) Sundarraj P told The Pioneer over phone. Two men, dressed as civilians, repeatedly attacked him with an axe, leaving him dead on the spot. The killers escaped, he said. Komra was posted at the Kutru police station.
A police team rushed to the spot and sent the body for post-mortem.
“Prima facie, the modus operandi of the attack suggests that it was executed by a small action team of Naxalites. However, investigation is being carried out from all possible angles, including that of personal enmity,” the officer said.
Security forces have launched an operation in the area to trace the assailants.a