Friday, December 21, 2007

Chhattisgarh 12 cops still missing

Raipur, Dec 21: A day after 12 policemen went missing from Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh, police today feared they might be abducted by the Maoists.

We fear the missing 12 policemen from Chhattisgarh to be abducted by Maoists after a fierce encounter, Dantewada police sources said.

A police party had reached the spot, where the security forces had an encounter with Naxals yesterday and could not find any of the policemen or any blood stains, which indicates that they are not injured and might have been taken hostage by the rebels, the sources said.

"Police parties from various destinations have started search operation to trace the missing policemen, who are missing after a fierce gun battle with the Naxals in Golapalli forest of Dantewada district, about 45 kms from the state capital," Bastar Range Inspector General of Police Rajinder Kumar Vij said.

"We are yet to get any information about the missing policemen," IG Anti-Naxal Operation Giridhari Nayak said.

When a 28-member police party was engaged in an anti-Naxal operation yesterday, they were attacked by Maoists in Golapalli jungle. First, the Naxals triggered landmine blasts and then opened indiscriminate firing on the police party which split them into small groups, sources said. After the incident, five policemen managed to reach the Golapalli police station, where as additional forces later rescued 11 security personnel from the forest, they said, adding, 16 policemen out of 28 have reported back yesterday to their base camp.

A total of 12 security personnel, including eight from Chhattisgarh Armed Force and four from the district forces, are still missing even a day after the gun battle, they said.

It was in Naxal-hit Dantewada on last Sunday that 300 prisoners, including 105 Naxalites, had escaped allegedly with the help of the jail officials. (Agencies)

Published: Friday, December 21, 2007

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