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Man killed by Maoists

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

An man was allegedly killed using sharp weapons by Maoists in the insurgency-hit Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh during their ongoing Martyrs' week, police said today.

"The victim's body was found lying in a pool of blood this morning on Bijapur-Gangaloor Road under Bijapur police station limits," Bijapur Superintendent of Police KL Dhruv told PTI.

Soon after getting the information, a police team rushed to the spot, located around 450 kms away from here and recovered the body, he added.

A note left beside the body by Maoists claimed that the man was Naveen Das Baghel, a native of Nagarnar area of Bastar district, who was working for Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the region, the SP said.

According to the note, the victim had joined the Bastar police in 2001, while he was later associated with CRPF in 2003.

It further claimed that the victim was picked up by ultras on July 28 and murdered on July 30 after interrogation.

"However, during police investigation, nobody named Naveen Das Baghel was found to be residing in Nagarnar area," the SP said adding that further probe to ascertain the identity of the deceased, was on.

Meanwhile, a CRPF official denied having any links with the victim.

In a separate incident, a Maoist identified as Padam Kamesh alias Sudhakar was arrested from Basaguda police station area of Bijapur district.

The cadre was apprehended from Chikapalli village forests while a joint team of CoBRA (Commando Battalion for Resolute Action)- an elite unit of CRPF and local police was carrying out an anti-Naxal operation in the region, the SP said.

Security has been beefed up across the Naxal-affected Bastar division, which comprises seven districts-- Dantewada, Bijapur, Bastar, Narayanpur, Kondagaon, Sukma and Kanker as the Maoists are observing 'Martyrs' Week' till August 3, during which they try to create disturbance.

First Published: Mon, August 01 2016. 20:42 IST