Friday, May 22, 2009

Abducted CRPF constable freed in Dantewada

22 May 2009, 0253 hrs IST, TNN

NEW DELHI: A CRPF constable, suspected to have been abducted by Naxalites from Dantewada in Chhattisgarh last week, was on Thursday released and
brought to his battalion headquarters in the district.

T Rajendra of the 85th battalion was travelling in a private bus towards his home state of Andhra Pradesh on May 16 when suspected Naxalites stormed the vehicle near Manikonta village and abducted him along with three other passengers. Though the other passengers were immediately released, Rajendra was not spared when Maoists found him to be a CRPF constable.

He was finally let off on Thursday by the abductors near Erabore police station in the district and later brought to the battalion headquarters. Rajendra did not have any injuries but was tired and fainted on his return, said an official.

The official said: "Whether he was abducted by naxals or local goons can only be ascertained after he is questioned in detail."

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