The outlawed CPI-Maoist has killed four policemen who were abducted by rebels in Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh two days ago, officials said on Wednesday.
Their bodies were found lying by the roadside near Gudma village in Bijapur district, 350 km south of state capital Raipur.
The four policemen, who were posted at Kutru as auxiliary constables, were abducted at gunpoint by the rebels on Monday. Police were alerted about the bodies by local villagers on Wednesday morning.
"All the four abducted were killed by Maoists. It’s a murderous cowardly act by the rebels, who killed the unarmed men in the name of revolution," additional director general of police (anti-Maoist operations) RK Vij told Hindustan Times.
The rebels left a hand-written note beside the bodies that cited the reasons why the policemen were killed. "We have recovered a one page note from the spot," Vij said without giving details.
Hand-written note found near the bodies of policemen.
The Maoists had abducted two constables from a bus after identifying them and another two who were travelling on a motorcycle. They were identified as Mangal Sodhi, Raju Tela, Jaydev Yadav and Rama Majhi.
State home minister Ram Sevak Paikra condemned the killings and said such incidents are a matter of concern.
"Our intensified operations against the rebels will nevertheless continue in Bastar," he said.
The dead policemen had earlier served as special police officers (SPOs). The Chhattisgarh government absorbed SPOs into the state police force as auxiliary constables in 2011 after passing a new law.
This was done after the Supreme Court directed the state to disarm more than 4,800 SPOs in the Bastar zone who were working as adjunct policemen for anti-Maoist operations.