Jharkhand Police Inspector Francis Induwar was beheaded by Maoists, who had kidnapped him nearly a week back demanding release of their three arrested leaders including Kobad Ghandy, in exchange for the officer.

“He has been beheaded. The body along with the head was recovered near Raisha Ghati under Namkom Police station today, about 12 km from Ranchi,” Superintendent of Police (Rural) Hemmant Toppo said.

A poster was seen pasted on a tree saying the body was that of the police officer.

Induwar, who was an inspector with the State Special Branch, had been kidnapped on September 30 by the Maoists from Hembrom Bazaar in Khunti district, about 70 km from here.

The Maoist’s South Chhotanagpur Committee secretary, Samarji, had on Saturday called a local newspaper and said the Inspector would be released only after the police set free Ghandy, Chhatradhar Mahato and Chandra Bhusan Yadav.

The police were engaged in intensive combing operation ever since the inspector’s abduction.

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