The bullet-riddled body of a police officer was found in Odisha's Nuapada district shortly after he had been kidnapped by Maoist guerrillas Tuesday, officials said.
Assistant Sub-Inspector Kruparam Majhi had been kidnapped near Budhas village in Nuapada, about 550 km from here, Deputy Inspector General of Police Soumendra Priyadarshi told IANS.
Just hours later, his body was found, riddled with at least three bullets and his hands and legs tied.
Majhi had been abducted by about a group of about 10 armed rebels from a road when he was escorting a water tanker to a paramilitary force camp, about 15 kms away, along with a constable on a motorcycle.
The suspected rebels had taken away Majhi but left the constable Debnarayan Sahu.
The matter came to knowledge after Sahu informed higher officials. Soon after a search operation was carried out in the area during which Majhi's dead body was found.
Although police blamed the Maoists, no rebel group has so far claimed their responsibility for the crime.
The incident comes just days after Maoists released ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) legislator Jhina Hikaka, more than a month after they had kidnapped him.
Hikaka had been abducted from Laxmipur in Koraput March 24 and released April 26. Before him, Maoists had abducted two Italian nationals but subsequently released them.
In neighbouring Chhattisgarh, Sukma District Collector Alex Paul Menon was released May 3, after 12 days of captivity.
The 2006 batch Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer had been abducted at gunpoint April 21 by rebels from a forested location, while he was interacting with tribals. The Maoists shot dead his two guards who resisted his abduction.