RAIPUR: The recent abduction and killing of nearly half a dozen assistant constables, recruited as auxiliary personnel from among local tribal youth, by Maoists in naxal-infested Bastar region, has worried Chhattisgarh Police no end. “It is a great cause of concern (that assistant constables are being targeted) for us. Assistant constables are basically son of soil, they belong to this area so its natural that they will attend marriage function(s) or other family functions under family pressure.
“So whenever they go and attend such things in civil dress and without weapons, they are being targeted,” Inspector General of Police, Bastar Range, S R P Kalluri told PTI. In the past two-and-half months, six assistant constables have been abducted from separate places of Bastar, out of which five were killed while one of them was released after being threatened with dire consequences if he continued to serve in police. On July 14, four assistant constables were kidnapped by naxals and killed next day in Kutru area of Bijapur district.
Similarly, another assistant constable who was abducted by naxals on September 28, was found dead in Frasegarh area of Bijapur. However, an assistant constable who was abducted in Sukma district in August was released later. Besides, naxals have been issuing warnings to assistant constables at several places of Bastar for helping police.