Incident Summary:

09/30/2009: On Wednesday at about 1730, in Khunti, Jharkhand, India, six unarmed assailants beat up and kidnapped a police officer from Hembram market. On October 6, 2009 in Khunti, the victim's beheaded body was found near the Namkom police station. The Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) claimed responsibility for the attack.




South Asia

region/u.s. state:



Location Details:
The attack took place in Khunti.

Attack Information
Type of Attack (more) Hostage Taking (Kidnapping)
Successful Attack? (more) Yes
Target Information (more)
Target Type: Police
Name of Entity Indian Law Enforcement
Specific Description Inspector: Francis Induwar
Nationality of Target India
Additional Information
Hostages Yes
Number of Hostages 1
US Hostages 0
Days of Kidnapping 7
Outcome Hostage(s) killed (not during rescue attempt)
Ransom No
Property Damage No
Weapon Information
Type Sub-type
Melee Knife or Other Sharp Object
Melee Hands, Feet, Fists
Additional Information
Suicide Attack?No
Part of Multiple Incident?No
Criterion 1 (more) Yes
Criterion 2 (more) Yes
Criterion 3 (more) Yes
Doubt Terrorism Proper (more) No
Perpetrator Group Information
Group Name Claimed Responsibility
Communist Party of India - Maoist (CPI-Maoist) Yes (Confirmed: Unknown; Mode: Personal claim)
Perpetrator Statistics
Number of Perpetrators 6
Number of Captured Perpetrators 0
Casualty Information
Total Number of Casualties 1 Fatalities / 0 Injured
Total Number of Fatalities 1
Number of U.S. Fatalities 0
Number of Perpetrator Fatalities 0
Total Number of Injured 0
Number of U.S. Injured 0
Number of Perpetrators Injured 0
National Counterterrorism Center, "One Police Officer Kidnapped in Assualt by Suspected CPI-Maoist in Khunti, Jharkhand, India," Worldwide Incidents Tracking System, January 9, 2010.
Hindustan Times, "CPI-M Militants Kidnap Marxist Activists in India's West Bengal," (October 9, 2009).
Indian Express, "Nothing Good," LexisNexis Academic, Indian Express, October 7, 2009.