Jharkhand police inspector Francis Induwar (50), whose decapitated body was found on the Ranchi-Jamshedpur highway on Tuesday, was described by his wife Sunita Induwar as a “totally innocent man who had never harmed anyone in society”.
She had said this in an appeal to the Maoists through the print and electronic media on Monday, asking them to release him from captivity.
A 1989-batch police inspector, Induwar was one of the 3,500 Special Branch officials deployed across Jharkhand for intelligence gathering.
“He was a very simple and duty-bound officer,” said one of his Special Branch colleagues who refused to be named.
While Induwar stayed in Khunti, where he was posted, his family lived 70 km away in Ranchi.
Sunita stayed in a rented house in Ranchi with two of their school-going sons. The eldest son studies in Gumla.
Induwar’s family learnt of his execution from television news channels.
The police said the Maoists had not contacted either them or the slain police officer’s family before killing him.
“Induwar was kidnapped on September 30, and the police did not give any update of the rescue operation. The rescue operation should have been more intensive,” said a police official on condition of anonymity.
A Maoist was gunned down by the police in an encounter in Maharashtra’s Gadchiroli district, bordering Chhattisgarh on Tuesday.
The encounter took place after about 50 armed Maoists opened fire on the elite C-60 anti-Naxalite commandos in a jungle, said Manoj Kumar Sharma, additional SP of the district.