first_imgThe three Jharkhand policemen who were allegedly abducted by Pathalgadi supporters from Khunti district on June 26 were released in the wee hours on Friday.The policemen were posted as house guards at local BJP MP Karia Munda’s residence at Anigada-Chandih village in Khunti district. Another policeman Nagendra Singh too has returned. They were released on Rehatu Marg at 3:30 am and reached the nearest Saiko police station in Khunti district by themselves. However, the weapons snatched from them could not be recovered.Earlier, senior police official of Jharkhand R K Mallik had said that the three policemen were abducted by the supporters of Pathalgadi movement, an anti-establishment, self rule movement gathering steam in several villages of the tribal state, Jharkhand.A large contingent of policemen, including some senior officials, was pressed into operation to locate the abducted policemen which even had led to a scuffle with tribal people.One person was dead while, several others were injured into the scuffle at Khatanga-Ghaghra village.The Jharkhand police had launched a massive operation against Pathalgadi supporters after the recent incident of gang rape of five women activists at Kochang village in Khunti.The local BJP MP Karia Munda too had said that abductors of his three security men could be supporters of Pathalgadi.However, local residents said a mob had gathered at the residence of Mr Munda on June 26 afternoon and they took the three security men along with them.Confirming their return, Ashish Batra, Inspector General of Police (Operations) in Jharkhand said it was possible due to “mounting police pressure and counseling to tribal villagers.”last_img

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