Unidentified body found near Lakhisarai forest
An unidentified body suspected to be of Sub Inspector Abhay Kumar Yadav, was found near a forest in Lakhisarai district early today, a day after the Maoists said they had killed the policeman, media reports said. However, the Bihar Police have denied that the body is that of the slain cop.patna Updated: Sep 03, 2010 10:36 IST
An unidentified body suspected to be of Sub Inspector Abhay Kumar Yadav, was found near a forest in Lakhisarai district early today, a day after the Maoists said they had killed the policeman, media reports said. However, the Bihar Police have denied that the body is that of the slain cop.
According to local news channels, the body in police uniform was found near Simratali forest under Chanan police station in Lakhisarai.
Villagers have reportedly identified body as that of Yadav's and said that Maoists have left a hand-written poster, warning that they would not talk with the government any more.
Yadav was killed at around 4 pm on Thursday, six hours after the expiry of the Maoists' second deadline of 10 am. The killing took place following a decision by a 'jan adalat' or kangaroo court, a Maoist spokesman had said.
Yadav was one of the four Bihar policemen kidnapped by Maoists after a six-hour gunfight in Lakhisarai district on Sunday.
The gunbattle left seven policemen dead and 10 injured. 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.
The Maoists said the policemen would be killed unless eight jailed Maoist leaders were released.
A police team has gone to identify the body as top police officials, including Bihar police chief Neelmani, Thursday night denied that Yadav was killed.
After killing Yadav, the Maoists had threatened that the fate of the remaining three policemen would be decided by 10 a.m. Friday if the state government failed to initiate a dialogue or negotiate with them.
Avinash, a self-proclaimed Maoist spokesman, told a local TV news channel: "The Bihar government compelled us to kill Yadav as the second deadline expired."
The other three kidnapped policemen are Rupesh Kumar Sinha, Lukas Gete and Ehsan Khan. The families of the policemen have been desperately pleading with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for help.
The guerrillas had earlier set a deadline of 4 pm on Wednesday. Avinash later told local Hindi news channels they had decided to extend it till Thursday in view of appeals by the family members of the policemen.
The Maoists have also warned the Bihar government of more attacks if the operations against the rebels was not stopped immediately.
Security forces have fanned out in the hilly terrains in Lakhisarai and its adjoining Jamui and Munger districts to rescue the policemen.
First Published: Sep 03, 2010 09:34 IST