The bodies of four policemen who were kidnapped by Maoist rebels were found on Wednesday in India’s Chhattisgarh state, an official said.
The rebel group abducted and killed policemen by “sophisticated AK-47 guns” on Monday night, while they were travelling from Kutru village to Bedre in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh state, according to AFP.
"An armed group of Maoists stopped a passenger bus in which the four assistant constables were travelling and abducted them under Kutru police station limits this evening," Bijapur Superintendent of Police KL Dhruv said following the abduction.
Dhruv also underlined that the assistant constables don’t have permission to go to the rebel dominated areas without protection.
"The police had travelled to Bijapur without informing their seniors. We don't allow jawans [assistant constables] to travel freely without enough security cover and precaution in Maoist-affected zones," he said.
The Indian police recovered the bodies on the roadside of a forested area near Kutru village. The bodies are identified as Jaydev Yadav, Raju Tela, Mangal Sodhi and Rama Majji.
The Maoist insurgency has been active in more than 676 districts in India since it arose in West Bengal in late 1960s.
The rebel group say they are launching their attacks for bringing communist rule to India and fighting for the rights of tribal people and rural poor.
In May, more than 250 villagers were kidnapped by the Maoist rebels in the Sukma district, just hours before the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the region. The villagers were released shortly after the abduction without any harm.