Murdered cop buried

Jharkhand police pay their last repects to the slain Inspector Francis Indwar, who was beheaded by the Maoists after being abducted on Sept 30 in Ranchi on Tuesday. PTI

As his remains were lowered to the grave, colleagues of the slain officer accused the government of not acting promptly to release him alive.

Indwar was dragged away by a group of rebels posing as villagers on September 30, when he was on duty at Hembrom market in Khunti.

“We lost Ingwar largely due to the negligence of police head quarters. The situation was serious enough for mounting an aerial survey, which may have pressurised the rebels to cave in. But no serious efforts to secure him alive was made, said R S Rai, president of Special Branch Police Association.”
R K Mallik, Deputy Inspector General of police (Ranchi Zone), challenged the allegation, revealing that the police had pressed eight companies into action to rescue the special officer.

Police suspect the involvement of Kundan Pahan in the incident; his group has been operational in and around Ranchi and Khunti districts.  

Governor K Sankaranarayanan condoled Ingwar’s death and announced a compensation package that included an ex-gratia payment of Rs 10 lakh to the bereaved family, free education for his three sons until graduation and payment of Ingwar’s basic salary and allowances for the rest of his service period.

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