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18 Maoists named in cops' abduction case

A case has been registered against 18 Maoists and 150 unknown people for killing eight policemen and abducting four in Bihar's Lakhisarai district, police said today.

patna Updated: Sep 08, 2010 14:50 IST

A case has been registered against 18 Maoists and 150 unknown people for killing eight policemen and abducting four in Bihar's Lakhisarai district, police said on Wednesday.

"The case was registered on the basis of the statement of station house officer of Kajra police station Indradev Paswan," Lakhisarai Superintendent of Police Ranjeet Kumar Mishra said.

Three abducted policemen walked free on Monday after being released by Maoists - ending eight days of tense hostage drama that saw a fourth kidnapped policeman being gunned down by the Left-wing rebels.

The four policemen were abducted by Maoists after a six-hour gunfight in Lakhisarai on Aug 29 that also left seven policemen dead and 10 injured. One of the abducted cops, Lucas Tete, was killed by the rebels on Sep 3.

The Maoists claimed the gunfight was in retaliation for the killing of their leader Cherukuri Rajkumar alias Azad and a journalist on the night of July 1-2 in Andhra Pradesh.