Two days after being abducted by Maoists, four Special Police Officers were found dead in Naxal-hit Kutru village of Chhattisgarh's Bijapur district .
The bodies of the cops, identified as Jaydev Yadav, Mangal Sodhi, Raju Tela and Rama Majji, were found on the roadside of the forested area on Wednesday. The victims belonged to the rank of assistant constable, said Additional Director General of Police (anti-Naxal operations) RK Vij, according to India Today.
According to a senior police officer, the four men were killed using sharp weapons.
They were abducted on 13 July from a civilian bus near Kutru Police Station area, while they were travelling to Bijapur. The Maoists were conducting a check on civilian buses and on spotting the policemen onboard one of the buses, they took them at gunpoint, NDTV reports.
"An armed group of Maoists stopped a passenger bus in which the four assistant constables were travelling and abducted them under Kutru police station limits this evening," Bijapur Superintendent of Police KL Dhruv had said earlier.
SP Dhruv said that the jawans were going to Bijapur on their own as police officials were not allowed to travel to that area without protection.
"The police jawans had travelled to Bijapur without informing their seniors. We don't allow jawans to travel freely without enough security cover and precaution in Maoist-affected zones," Hindustan Times quoted Dhurva as saying.
Meanwhile, police are looking for the assailants in the forested areas surrounding Kutru village.