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Bihar hostage crisis: Lucas Tete not Abhay killed by Maoists

Patna: The body found in the forests of Lakhisarai has been identified as that of Bihar Military Police Sub-Inspector Lokus Tete. Tete’s body was found with a note reportedly written by the Maoists in which they warned that the other abducted policemen would be killed if their demand for the release of their eight jailed comrades was not accepted.

“The body found in Lakhisarai is of Sub Inspector Lokus Tete. We are working on finding the other three policemen as soon as possible,” said Bihar ADG (Headquarters) PK Thakur.

Munger Range DIG M S Majid also confirmed that the body was that of Tete. “The body at Lakhisarai is of Lokus Tete. We are trying our best to locate the three policemen. This range is hilly and difficult to go beyond a certain level,” said Majid.

Meanwhile, Centre has decided to send more paramilitary force to Bihar for anti-Maoist operations.

“Centre is sending additional companies there. The state is handeling the situation and Centre is giving full support to the state,” Kashmir Singh, Joint Secretary (Naxal Management), Union Home Ministry, said.

On Thursday Maoists had clamed that they had killed the officer in-charge of the Manikpur outpost in Lakhisarai district Abhay Prasad Yadav after a ‘jan adalat’ pronounced him guilty. A Maoist leader, who identified himself as Avinash, had on Thursday called some local media persons and said that Yadav had been killed. There is still now news about the other abducted policemen.

Maoists kidnapped four Bihar Police officials during a gunbattle in Lakhisarai district on Sunday and have been demanding the release of their eight comrades in lieu of the abducted men. The four policemen who have been kidnapped are Rupesh Kumar Sinha, Lokus Tete, Mohammad Ehsaan and Abhay Prasad Yadav. Tete hailed from Koleibera in Jharkhand’s Simdega district.

Rupesh Kumar Sinha is a resident of Bettiah in Bihar. He is the only son of his parents and the sole bread winner of his family. He is a trainee Sub Inspector with Bihar Police.

Hawaldar Mohammad Ehsaan is a father of four children and hails from Goregaon village in Jharkhand while Abhay Prasad Yadav is the officer in-charge of the Manikpur outpost. Yadav’s wife and daughter live in Patna.

It has been a tough call for Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Does he bow to Maoist demands and release eight of their men or does he stand firm and risk the lives of the other three policemen.

The unanswered questions that are now being raised: Has the government been late in responding to the hostage situation? Should they go for an all-out offensive after one policeman’s death? Do Bihar Police and paramilitary forces lack co-ordination? Does Maoist-affected Bihar has a policy in place?

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