The Maoist guerillas have abducted five personnel of Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) from a passenger bus as they proceeded on leave from their base camp on Tuesday in Narayanpur district, about 400 km south of Raipur.
The rebels kidnapped the civilian-dressed policemen near Mehrabada, about 30 km from the district headquarter. The Maoists have also taken a civilian with them suspecting him as special police officer (SPO).
The Nayaranpur superintendent of police Mayank Shrivastava confirmed to Hindustan Times that three head constables and two constables of CAF were going to Narayanpur on the bus but were kidnapped on the way by the Maoists. "The abducted police personnel have ignored the clear instruction of avoiding to travel in public buses in the region whether they are on duty or on leave" Shrivastava said.
Police suspect the Maoists might have got some prior information about the movement of policemen the moment they left the Dhanoura base camp and later got into the bus. Since they were on leave they were not carrying any arms, it was told. The bus was on its way to Narayanpur from Orchha.
"We have not received any communication from the rebels so far. We are doing our best to ensure safe release of the kidnapped jawans", said the SP.
On September 19 previous year, the left-wing extremists had abducted eight policemen from Bhopalpatnam area of Bijapur, south Bastar, close to Andhra Pradesh border. A day later the ultras killed four of them.
The vast stretch of Bastar region in southern Chhattisgarh is the epicenter of Maoists activities. Narayanpur, Bijapur and Dantewada are among the worst affected districts in south Bastar where the red guerillas have escalated their violence during the recent months targeting the security forces.
The abducted policemen are Ramadhar Patel, Raghunandan Dhruv, T Ekka - all head constables and two constables - Mani Shanker and Ranjan Dubey.