East Godavari: A 12-year-old girl escaped from Maoist custody, two months after she was kidnapped at gunpoint from Venkatapuram village in East Godavari district. Police have handed over the minor girl to her parents at Chinturu in East Godavari district on Tuesday.

Assistant Superintendent of Police, Chinturu, Krishna Kanth said that Charla-Sabari Area Committee members Aruna, Geetha, Rajesh, Chiluka and few other members had kidnapped a 12-year-old girl from Venkatapuram village on May 17.

When the parents of the girl tried to stop them, the Maoists threatened them with dire consequences.

Based on the complaint, a case was registered with Chinturu police station on June 25.

Police said Maoists used her as a bonded laborer and forced her to ferry essential goods in the forest area. They have also made the girl serve unwell Maoist leaders. Police said Maoists also ill-treated the girl and ignored her pleas.

On July 22, the girl escaped from Maoists' custody and reached Chinturu police station on July 23. She narrated the entire episode to the cops.

As the health condition of the girl was not good, the police admitted her to the Community Health Centre in Chinturu.

Later police handed over the minor girl to her parents on Tuesday.

Police said Maoists have been obstructing the development activities in the tribal pockets. Cops sad rebels are also involving in atrocities against the innocent tribals.

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