Barring any last minute hitch, Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon, who has been held hostage by Maoists for 11 days, will be freed on Thursday. A late night statement by the Maoists said, "We are ready to hand over Menon on May 3 in front of people of Tadmetla." The 32 year old IAS officer, who was abducted on April 21, will be handed over to the two mediators of the Maoists. "Our mediators B D Sharma and G Hargopal had come to an agreement with the Chhattisgarh Government for release of our prisoners from various jails of Chhattisgarh. We are thankful to our mediators who did their level best.
Although the fate of abducted Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon remains uncertain, the interlocutors, nominated by both the State Government and the Naxalites, said that the abducted Sukma Collector is safe and they are hopeful of his early release. After the end of third round of meeting on Sunday evening, the State Government interlocutors Nirmal Buch and Suyogya Kumar Mishra held a joint press briefing in which they refused to comment whether they had met the abducted Collector personally.
Maoists are fast expanding their areas of influence in south Chhattisgarh for the last one year even though statistics of the Naxal violence has declined.
According to Union home ministry's annual report, there were 465 incidents and 204 deaths in Maoist violence in 2011 in Chhattisgarh. In 2010, there were 343 deaths in 625 such incidents. The decline lulled Chhattisgarh into complacency. At top level meetings in Delhi, senior police officers from Chhattisgarh and the Centre attributed it to the efficacy of joint forces' operations.
A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) trooper was killed and another sustained critical injury, when rebels ambushed them during their routine day-out operation on Monday morning, just 1.5 kilo meters from Bhejji police station in Konta block of restive Sukma district of Bastar region. According to information reaching here, the deceased as K Kumar, a Head Constable of CRPF 2nd Battalion posted in Konta, whereas the injured CRPF personnel is Arjun Rao, a constable of the same battalion.
Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress Committee (CPCC) will host party convention in the newly-constituted districts Bemetara and Sukma from February 14, 15. Party state in-charge B K Hariprassad, in-charge secretary Bhatcharan Das will attend the party onventions. Newly-constituted districts. The main opposition party Congress in view of forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections in 2013-14, is preparing ground to consolidate party image in the newly-formed districts of Chhattisgarh and also is also making efforts to strengthen the party activities in the area.
State Government has posted officials to Employment and Self-Employment Guidance Centers (ESEGC)in the nine newly constituted district for the convenience of unemployment youth in these areas. Technical Education Department of the State has posted the officials of Directorate of Employment and Training to these positions. According to the order released from Secretariat issued on behalf of the Department, A O Lari serving as Deputy Director of ESEGC at Jagdalpur, has been posted to Sukma.
Two days after a suspected Naxal, Pudiyami Mada, reportedly committed suicide at the Sukma police station, the Chhattisgarh police today blamed “severe torture by CRPF”.
According to the Sukma police station diary, Mada was nabbed by a CRPF team “headed by Assistant Commandant, 2nd Battalion, Ashish Kumar on Friday morning” and handed over to the police at around 8:30 am. He hanged himself in the lock-up at around 9:30 pm.
But the police today said the CRPF personnel had nabbed Mada a few days earlier.