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May 08, 2012 at 05:30pm IST

Abducted Odisha police officer shot dead by Naxals

Bhubaneswar: Abducted police officer Krupa Ram Majhi has been shot dead by suspected Naxals in Nuapada in Odisha. The police recovered Majhi's body from Nuapada. A team of 10 Maoists had abducted the ASI and had let off the constable accompanying him on Tuesday.

ASI Krupa Ram Majhi of the Dharambandha Police Station was abducted by suspected Naxals in Nuapada on Tuesday in retaliation to a combing operation that was being carried out by the police in the Nuapada forests.

Krupa Majhi was escorting a water tanker to a CRPF camp at Goudha when he was taken away by armed men.

This comes days after two hostage crisis in Odisha in a month.

SP Nuapada Uma Shankar said, "The Killed ASI was not abducted. Naxals wanted to stop supply chain and after realising support of ASI to vendor, they killed him. Body has been recovered and sent for post-mortem."

The Ministry of Home Affairs has sought a report from the Odisha government on the alleged abduction and killing of the police officer.

This is the third hostage crisis in Odisha in the past two months. Earlier BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka was released on April 26 after being in the Naxals' custody for over a month.

Days before that, abducted Italian Paolo Bosusco was released by the Naxals in Odisha on April 11, after being in captivity for 29 days.

(With additional information from PTI)

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