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Maoist victim cop Lucas Tete was poor tribal

india Updated: Sep 03, 2010 12:44 IST

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Lucas Tete, the policeman whose body was found in Bihar on Friday, five days after he was abducted along with three other cops by Maoists, hailed from a poor tribal family in Jharkhand's Simdega district.

Tete is the second policeman from Jharkhand who has been killed in captivity. Francis Induwar, a special branch inspector, was abducted by Maoists in September last year from Kuthi district and beheaded.

His decapitated body was recovered in the first week of October last year at Raisa Ghati situated on Ranchi and Jamshedpur national highway.

Tete, whose body was found near Simratali forest under Chanan police station in Bihar's Lakhisarai district, is survived by his wife Pyari and three teenaged daughters - Anjela, Majula and Neelam.

Pyari Tete had appealed to Maoists through the media to free her husband, but her appeal was in vain. Now a big question hangs over how the family will made ends meet.

Pyari, with her three daughters, had gone to Patna on Thursday to meet Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and others to appeal for the safe release of her husband.

The killing of Tete has been condemned in Jharkhand.

"We condemn the killing. The Maoists are turning out to be terrorists. Jharkhand police want to know what kind of Gandhian ideology is being followed by Maoists who are indulging in killing innocent policemen who are just doing their duty," R.K. Mallik, Jharkhand police spokesperson said.

Two of the four abducted cops belonged to Jharkhand - while Tete is dead, Ehsan Khan, a resident of Mandar block in Ranchi, is still being held hostage by Maoists.

Farida Khanam, Khan's wife, who is posted with the Bihar Military Police, has threatened to commit suicide if her husband is killed. She has appealed to Maoists to release her husband.