Ranchi: Widow of Inspector Francis Induwar, who was kidnapped and beheaded by Maoists, on Friday said she had pardoned her husband’s killers, but her youngest son wished to step into his father’s shoes to fight the naxals.

“I forgive them. But I would like to request them not to repeat (such a grisly act) which will leave women as widows and children as orphans,” Sunita Induwar told newsmen after receiving Rs 1 lakh as ex-gratia at her residence here. Trying to beat back her tears, she demanded that the security of policemen on duty should be a priority.

However, Ms. Induwar’s youngest son, a Class V student, who learned his father’s beheading through television, said he wanted to join the police to combat naxalism. “They killed my father. When I grow up I will become a policeman and fight the naxalites,” he told TV channels.

Free education

The government has already announced to provide free education to Induwar’s three children.

The police inspector was abducted and beheaded allegedly by the CPI (Maoist) and his decapitated body was found near Raisha Ghati in Ranchi district on October 6.

Meanwhile, naxals wrestled with policemen injuring two of them here and fled with their pistols, police said.

The incident took place on Thursday night when the police acting on a tip off that People’s Liberation Front of India activists had taken shelter at Laxminagar, Latehar police station in-charge Ravikant Prasad and constable Sunil Kumar reached here and caught two of them, Deputy Inspector General of Police, Raj Kumar Mallick, said. -- PTI