Wife Treks For Four Days In Forest To Rescue Cop Abducted By Maoists

When asked what made her undertake this perilous mission, Sunita Kattam's reply was that she decided not to sit on her hands and worry, but to act.

Wife Treks For Four Days In Forest To Rescue Cop Abducted By Maoists

On May 6, Sunita entered a forested area to find her husband (Representational)

Bijapur:

A woman in Chhattisgarh trekked through a forest for four days, tracked down a group of Maoists, and persuaded them to release her policeman husband.

When asked what made her undertake this perilous mission, Sunita Kattam's reply was that she decided not to sit on her hands and worry, but to act.

Santosh Kattam (48), a constable posted at Bhopalpatnam police station in Bijapur, was kidnapped from Gorana village in the first week of May.

"He left house on the evening of May 4 to buy groceries and did not return," Sunita (39) told news agency PTI on Wednesday.

Two days later she learnt that Maoists had abducted her husband. She was a little sceptical at first, as Santosh had left home without telling anyone on a few earlier occasions too.

But after it was confirmed that Maoists were behind his disappearance, she informed the police and also started contacting her acquaintances in the area to find his whereabouts.

"I decided not to think too much and make efforts on my own to free him," she said.

She was no stranger to the Maoist menace as her family lives in Jagargunda area in the neighboring Sukma district, a hotbed of rebel activities.

On May 6, Sunita, her 14-year-old daughter, a local journalist and some villagers entered a forested area to find her husband.

She left her two other children with their grandmother at their house in Bijapur Police Line.

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"We rode on motorcycles and walked through rough terrain for four days before finding the Maoists who had abducted my husband on May 10," she said.

Next day, Maoists held a "Jan-adalat" (kangaroo court) to decide Santosh's fate. That was when Sunita could see her husband for the first time in six days.

"The villagers and I persuaded Maoists to release him," she said.

According to local sources, before releasing him, Maoists warned Santosh that he will face consequences if he continued to serve in the police force.

When asked how did she muster the courage to venture into the forest on the trail of Maoists, Sunita said, "A woman can go to any lengths to safeguard her husband."

Inspector General of Police (Bastar Range) Sundarraj P said after receiving information of Mr Kattam's abduction, the police were trying to trace him through various sources but did not launch any operation to ensure that Maoists did not harm him.

Mr Kattam's family was also trying to secure his release, he said.

After he returned to Bijapur on May 11, his medical examination was conducted and his statement was being recorded, the IG added.

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