Maoists freed all captives

One killed; Rest freed

Maoists took 250 villagers hostage in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to neighbouring Dantewada but freed all the captives late on Saturday night barring one, labourers' superviser of a bridge, was beaten to death after being tried in a ‘people's court’.

Sukma Superintendent of Police D Shravan said, "Naxals killed a villager identified as Sadaram Nag by holding so-called Jan Adalat in the forests between Gaadem and Munga villages under Tongpal police station and released others.

"As per information, the freed villagers were returning to their homes, carrying Nag's body with them", Shravan told.

The Maoist rebels abducted the residents of Marenga and some adjoining villages under Tongpal police stations  late on Friday night and herded them to a nearby forest in protest against construction of a bridge.

According to the police, the villagers had incurred the rebels' wrath by supporting the development work in the area. Sadaram Nag was supervisor at construction of a bridge on a river near Marenga which may be the reason behind his murder, the SP said.

"Around 200-250 villagers have been abducted and 4-5 others (locals) are negotiating their release," Chief Minister Raman Singh told media persons after conflicting claims were made by police officials on the number of villagers forcibly taken by the ultras.

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