Mosaboni DSP B Kujur defended the delay and said, “We avoided visiting the spot as there were intelligence inputs that Maoists might use Saw’s body as a booby trap to attack the police.” Kujur added that forces had been sent out into the jungles nearby to search for rebels.
The killing of the young Congress leader has led to severe protests in the area. Saw’s family members refused to the body away after the autopsy demanding adequate compensation.
Senior Congress leader Manoj Kumar Yadav and district Congress president Vijay Khan, who visited Ghatsila condemned the callous approach of authorities. “We will try to meet him and demand security for our party workers, who are being targeted and killed,” said Yadav. “The Congress party has lost a good party worker. Saw was a firebrand leader in his area,” said Congress state president Sukhdeo Bhagat.
Secretary Nagarik Suraksha Samity Sailen Baskey said that an hour after the incident he had informed the police about armed militants in Gurabandha but “they did nothing to arrest the advancement of the Maoist faction.”