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Maoist rebels abduct and kill police officer

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BHUBANESWAR, India, May 8 (UPI Asia) – Maoist rebels in the eastern Indian state of Orissa Tuesday shot and killed a police officer after abducting him.

The body of Kruparam Majhi, an assistant sub-inspector, was found in the Naupada district, about 530km west of the state capital, Orissa's police chief Manmohan Praharaj said.

The rebels took Majhi as he was accompanying a water tanker to a paramilitary camp on a motorcycle. They let off a constable who was with Majhi. His bullet-riddled body was found 5 km from where he was abducted, the police said.

The location is close to the Chhattisgarh state that which lies to Orissa's west and is one of the deadliest theaters of the Maoist insurgency.

Police believe the rebels that kidnapped Majhi had earlier fled from Chhattisgarh.

Last week, the rebels freed a top official of the Chhattisgarh government after kidnapping him on April 21.

Just before the officer's release, the rebels freed an Orissa legislator after holding him for nearly a month. In March they had abducted two Italians visiting rural Orissa.

The rebels had successfully negotiated the release of many of their comrades from Orissa's prisons in exchange for the legislator and the two Italians.
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