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Naxals free three abducted policemen

Patna: The eight-day Bihar hostage crisis ends with the Naxals freeing the three abducted policemen Sub-Inspector Abhay Prasad Yadav, Havaldar Mohammad Ehsaan and Trainee Sub-Inspector Rupesh Kumar Sinha. The three hostages were found in the jungles of Lakhisarai.

Four policemen were kidnapped on August 29 during an encounter with Maoists in Lakhisarai. One of them, Bihar Military Police officer Lukas Tete, was killed by the Maoists. His body was found on Friday.

The recent development comes after the Maoists on Sunday claimed to have released the three Bihar policemen taken hostage on August 29 but the state government said it had no information as the agonising wait for their families continued.

The release of the abducted policemen brought great relief and happiness to their families who were fearing the worst after Tete was killed.

“I am very happy that the Maoists have released my husband,” said Yadav’s wife Rajni.

“We are very happy that all three have been released. We heard they are safe. We got the information last night. Now we are very happy. We will celebrate,” said Arun Kumar Singh, a relative of Rupesh Kumar Sinha.

While Yadav has been taken to his home in Khagaria, Ehsaan and Rupesh have been taken to their respective homes in Patna.

RJD chief Lalu Prasad said that people’s prayers for the safe release of the abducted policemen have been answered.

“The hostages have returned safely. It is the result of everybody’s prayers. But it is really sad that Lokus Tete lost his life. Our prayers have been answered,” said.

The BJP which is in power in Bihar in alliance with the JD (U) warned that the Centre must no take the Maoist challenge seriously while congratulating the state government for securing the safe release of the abducted policemen.

“We are really happy for the release of the policemen. The handling by the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in the state under the leadership of Nitish Kumar and Sushil Kumar Modi was in a mature way so that the policemen were released. But in this there is a warning to the Central Government that the Maoists are spreading their activities. The BJP wants the contradiction within the UPA to come to an end at the earliest. We welcome the outcome of what has happened in Bihar,” said BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar in New Delhi.

The Centre also expressed relief after the three policemen were released.

“We are glad that these policemen have been released and we strongly feel that killing of one policeman was for no reason. We are still positive that some solution will come one day,” said Union Home Secretary Home Secretary GK Pillai.

Sources have told CNN-IBN that the locals got to know about the location of the abducted policemen from Maoists and informed their families.

At 5 am on Monday morning the Lakhisarai Superintendent of Police issued orders to Chanan Police Station to check every vehicle. During the vehicle checks, Chanan SHO Atul Mishra recognised Abhay Prasad Yadav.

The policemen were then taken to the Lakhisarai police station where intelligence and local police debriefed them.

The four policemen were abducted during a fierce gunfight in the forests of Lakhisarai and the Maoists had been demanding the release eight of their jailed comrades.

Five of the jailed Maoists – Ratu Koda, Prem Bhuyian, Ramesh Tirki, Ram Vilas, Arjun Koda – are lodged in Jamui jail while two of them – Jai Paswan and Bijay Chaurasia – are in Banka jail. Maoist Prem Baranwal is in Bhagalpur jail.

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