Suspected Maoists in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh have kidnapped four police officials, recruited by the state police as auxiliary personnel.
The policemen, who were in the rank of assistant constable, were reportedly kidnapped from a civilian bus plying in the Kutru police station area of the district.
The four personnel, Jaydev Yadav, Mangal Sodhi, Raju Tela and Rama Majji were inducted to help state police in carrying out anti-Naxal operations.
“An armed group of Naxals stopped a passenger bus in which the four assistant constables were travelling and kidnapped them under Kutru police station limits this evening,” Bijapur SP KL Dhruv said.
Special police and paramilitary reinforcements have been rushed to comb the jungles where the policemen are reportedly held. No communication has been received so far though about their exact whereabouts.
“It is suspected that Maoists were conducting a search on some civilian vehicles in the said area and finding these men in a bus they took them away with them,” a senior official said.