April 27th, 2012
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Collector abduction: Maoists ask govt to make stand clear

Sukma-DC-Alex-Paul-MenonRaipur: Maoists denied the government reports that they have extended the April 25 deadline for the release of abducted Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon. They have also asked the Chhattisgarh Government to clarify its stand on their demands for the release of the collector. They accused the government of  playing delaying tactics. They also said that they have given the medicines to the collector and his health is fine.

In an e-mail sent to the media, the Naxals said they have received through the media the Government’s request for extension of deadline for the release of the 2006 batch IAS officer kidnapped on April 21. However, unless the State administration clarifies its stand on their demands it was difficult for them to take a call on extension of the deadline (original deadline passed on April 25), they said.

The Maoists have demanded the release of 17 of their rebels, a halt to the anti-Maoist offensive ‘Operation Green Hunt’ and have asked the government to send back the security forces in Bastar. Earlier, they had demanded the release of eight of their comrades. In another e mail they explained in detail as the motive and reason behind the arrest of the District Collector. They have accused the Collector of murdering a youth and passing it off as a case of suicide.They also accused the police of committing “atrocities” on the people of Sukhma district.



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