Maoists release Sukma collector

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Sukma Collector Released3 May,DNA Raipur: Collector of Sukma district in Chhattisgarh, Alex Paul Menon, was released by Maoists on Thursday. Menon was handed over to Professor G Hargopal and BD Sharma, the two mediators handpicked by the insurgents, at a secret location in Tarmetla jungle, deep inside the ‘Red Zone’ 500 kilometres from Raipur.

Ending 12 days of uncertainty, the mediators walked out of the jungle with Collector at around 3.45 pm today,reports said. Tarmetla is situated in an area which is completely dominated by the red insurgents – Maoists had killed 76 paramilitary personnel in April 2010 at the same spot.

Professor Hargopal and BD Sharma along with Menon boarded a car from Tarmetla and are now on their way to Chintalnar. The Chhattisgarh government has made all arrangements to bring out Menon safely from the jungles; an ambulance has also been stationed at Chintalnar to meet any possible emergency as he is an asthmatic.

However, an official confirmation of his release is awaited.

From Chintalnar they will board a helicopter to Jagdalpur and may even proceed to Raipur today itself. Menon was under the captivity of Naxals since May 21, when he was kidnapped from a public function in near Sukma.

The breakthrough to ensure the safe return of Menon came in the form of an agreement between the two mediators each of the Chhattisgarh government and the Maoists at their fourth round of talks on April 30.

Under the agreement, the government had agreed to set up a high-powered committee under the chairmanship of Nirmala Buch, one of the two Government mediators, to review the cases of all prisoners languishing in Chhattisgarh jails including the cases demanded by the Maoists.
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