Funeral of slain Jharkhand cop performed with full state honours

     Scores of locals and admirers of late Francis Induwar, an Inspector of Jharkhand Police special branch, gathered in Ranchi city on Wednesday to pay their last respects to the intelligence officer killed by the Maoists. Induwar was buried with full state honours. Earlier, the state police found the decapitated body of the police inspector at Ranchi, the capital city of Jharkhand on Tuesday (October 06). The body of Francis Induwar was found near Ranchi, the capital city of Maoist infested Jharkhand state. The Maoists had kidnapped inspector Francis Induwar on September 30, from Khunti district of the state, to demand the release of their three top leaders, Kobad Ghandy, Chhatradhar Mahato and Chandra Bhushan Yadav. A poster was also discovered pasted on a tree nearby stating that the body was that of the police officer. Induwar's death has agitated other policemen who staged a protest, saying that they cannot work at the cost of their lives. Consequently, a top police brass admitted that the junior level policemen are demanding security in interior regions. "They are not demanding these. They are... they have expressed that our people in the interiors are insecure and security should be provided to them. We also agree to this proposal," said B B Pradhan, Inspector General o Police, Special Branch, Jharkhand Police, Ranchi. Mourners with placards condemning the killing of Induwar. greeted the celebrities including parliamentarians who visited the leaders of political parties said that Maoists are indulging in barbaric acts in the name of serving the poor. "It is a matter of great grief for the state. We want to convey to those people who indulge in such barbaric killings in the name of serving the poor that their way of fighting is not right. We are also revolutionary but their way to reach the objective is absolutely wrong," said Prabhakar Tirkey, Secretary, Jharkhand Party. India is battling Maoists across eastern, central and southern India, an insurgency that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has described as the biggest internal security challenge since independence.

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