PATNA: The body of Lucas Tete, one of the four Bihar policemen abducted by Maoists five days ago, was found in a forest on Friday, a day after the rebels claimed to have killed sub inspector Mr Abhay Kumar Yadav, police said.
The body found in a forest in Lakhisarai district is of Lucas Tete and not of Mr Abhay Kumar Yadav as reported earlier, Deputy Inspector General of Munger, Mr Shah Rukh Majeed confirmed. The body has been taken to a nearby police station, an official said.
There is no confirmation about the fate of Mr Yadav. In Patna, Chief Minister Mr Nitish Kumar held a high-level meeting with top officials to chalk out a strategy for the release of the other abducted policemen.
According to local news channels, Tete’s body was found near Simratali forest under Chanan police station in Lakhisarai. Villagers reportedly said Maoists had left a handwritten poster near the body warning that they would not talk with the government any more.
Maoists had claimed to have killed Mr Yadav at around 4 p.m. on Thursday, six hours after the expiry of the Maoists’ second deadline of 10 a.m.
The killing took place following a decision by a ‘jan adalat’ or kangaroo court, a Maoist spokesperson had said.
Four Bihar policemen – Tete, Mr Yadav, Mr Rupesh Kumar Sinha and Mr Ehsan Khan – were kidnapped kidnapped by Maoists after a six-hour gunfight in Lakhisarai district on Sunday. The gunbattle left seven policemen dead and ten 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.
Meanwhile, under attack from opposition for his alleged failure to handle the crisis arising out of kidnapping of the four policemen by Maoists, Mr Nitish Kumar has convened an all-party meeting here on Saturday to discuss the issue.