Woman cop freed by Maoists in Chhattisgarh

January 25th, 2009 - 2:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Raipur, Jan 25 (IANS) A 23-year-old woman cop in Chhattisgarh, abducted by Maoists earlier this month, has been set free after a ‘jan adalat’ or people’s court found her “innocent”, police said Sunday.Constable Kiran Usendi was freed Saturday in the Pakhanjoor forest stretch of Kanker district in Bastar region after the Maoists public court ordered her release.

“The lady police personnel was abducted when rebels attacked a police search team. The insurgents took her to their hideout and she was produced before the ‘jan adalat’ where she was found innocent,” a police officer told IANS.

He said Usendi’s father was also called in the court.

“She reached Pakhanjoor police station Saturday late evening along with her father and then a private vehicle was arranged for her. She was allowed to go to her native village to get over the mental trauma,” he said.

Usendi, belonging to Kanker district’s Charama area, was abducted Jan 14 when the six police officials riding motor-cycles were attacked by insurgents in the Kanker district’s Pakhanjoor forest stretch. Two cops were killed by the rebels in the incident.

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