A police officer, who was also the nephew of a former Congress district president, was hacked to death by suspected Maoists in Chhattisgarh’s insurgency-hit Bijapur district, police said on Friday.
Assistant constable Rahul Raidu, 27, who was posted at Bhairamgarh police station, was attacked late on Thursday night, Bijapur superintendent of police KL Dhruv told PTI.
Raidu, who joined the police force in 2011, was the nephew of former Congress (Bijapur) district president Ajay Singh, a native of Bhairamgarh, police said.
According to preliminary information, Raidu was at the time of the incident playing cards with some villagers in Sanjay Para area, on the outskirts of Bhairmagarh town about 450 km from here. A group of men armed with axes and knives reportedly had an altercation with Raidu before launching a vicious attack, leaving him critically injured.
The assailants fled into the forest after committing the crime, the SP said.
Police rushed to the spot on being informed and admitted the injured officer to a local hospital. He was later moved to Jagdalpur hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries in the early hours of Friday, he said.
“Prima facie, it appears to be the handiwork of Maoists. Although everything will be clear after the investigation,” Dhruv said.
A combing operation has been launched in the interiors of Bhairamgarh region to nab the assailants, he added.