Maoist leader shot dead in police custody, constable arrested

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Raipur, Oct 3 (UNI) Infuriated over naxalite activities causing ''miseries'' to policemen and their families, a police constable shot dead a top Maoist leader, who was in police custody since his arrest on Monday, around midnight at Ramgarh outpost under Sonhat police station area in Koriya district of Chhattisgarh.

''It appeared to be an outcome of spontaneous outburst of anger of constable Shyamlal Chouhan, who opened fire from his service INSAS rifle, killing Maoist leader Dhanraj inside the police outpost,'' top police officials told UNI in the state capital.

Maoist leader Dhanraj, who was active in areas bordering Northern Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand, was arrested by the police on Monday.

The rebel leader, who was carrying a reward of Rs 15,000 on his head and was wanted in connection with a number of heinous crimes in the region, was taken to Ramgarh for recovery of weapons.

Police sources said constable Shayamlal Chouhan, who was on sentry duty at the police outpost, was apparently infuriated over his posting in the Naxalite area, as he felt that it was because of the activities of the rebels that policemen were facing pressure to work in the troubled areas.

Stating that the constable was arrested immediately after the incident, the sources said he confessed during preliminary interrogation that he was under stress ever since his posting in the naxalite area.

He also told the police that it was because of the rebel activities that he was away from his family.

A case on the charge of murder has been registered against him and further investigations were in progress.

Meanwhile, police sources admitted that security personnel posted in the districts, where naxalite outfit Communist Party of India (Maoists) were active, were facing severe stress mainly because of the constant threat to their lives.


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