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Maoist rebels free four police in India

Reuters
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Maoist rebels in central India have released four police officers kidnapped 12 days ago in the insurgent stronghold of Chhattisgarh state. The four officers, who were captured on 19 September have returned to a station in Dantewada district, according to local police.

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The four police officers were captured in a forest around 500 kilometers south of the state capital Raipur.

They have told reporters they were not tortured, but they were tied up with ropes and moved several times.

They said they feared for their lives, after three of their colleagues who were captured at the same time were shot dead by the rebels on 21 September.

A Maoist leader in the area has said the men were freed in response to appeals from family members.  He went on to say that the government should now consider the Maoists' demands, including the withdrawal of paramilitary forces from the forestry area of Chhattisgarh. 

The rebels have fought for decades, with other similar incidents, against the government.  The Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has called the Maoists the biggest single threat to India's internal security.

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