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Maoists abduct, kill police officer in Gumla

Ranchi, May 31: :  A police officer was abducted and shot dead by Maoists in Gumla district of Jharkhand, police said today.

According to the police, the bullet-ridden body of Badrinath Tiwari alias Vinod Tirkey, inspector at Chainpur police station, was found today.

The officer, Badrinath Tiwari, was posted in insurgency-hit Chainpur a few months ago and, as part of his duty, had successfully developed a network of local informers and also planted moles inside Maoist camps. Working undercover as a tribal in Nawatoli under the pseudonym Binod Tirkey, he gathered intelligence on the hideouts of insurgents and their movements.

On the basis of his inputs, the Gumla police and the CRPF busted several Maoist camps and inflicted serious damage to their operation. “It’s an unfortunate incident. [Have] heard various reasons for the killing since last night, hence I am travelling to Gumla to personally probe [the incident],” said additional director general of police (special branch) Anurag Gupta.

The suspected Maoists left a pamphlet threatening special police officers near the body. “They mistook him to be a special police officer (SPO) and hence left a pamphlet near the body warning other SPOs of dire consequences,” said deputy inspector general of police RK Dhan.

Maoist pamphlets were also found near the body which was later sent for post-mortem, the police said.

Few years ago another inspector posted in Khuti district was abducted and beheaded by the Maoists.

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