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Updated: February 23, 2011 14:14 IST

Maoists free Collector, engineer

Prafulla Das
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Collector R. Vineel Krishna (in picture) and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi were released in the Chitrakonda area on Tuesday.
PTI Collector R. Vineel Krishna (in picture) and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi were released in the Chitrakonda area on Tuesday.

Abducted Malkangiri Collector R. Vineel Krishna and junior engineer Pabitra Majhi were released in the Chitrakonda area of the district on Tuesday as soon as the Orissa government agreed to the Maoists' demands. The released officials are expected to reach home later on Wednesday.

According to sources, the two were not harmed by the Maoists, who had kidnapped them from near the Balimela reservoir on Wednesday last.

The news of the release came minutes after the government accepted some more demands, in all 15, of the Maoists and a formal announcement was made, at a press conference held by three mediators and two officials here, that the two would be freed within 48 hours.

Suspected Maoist Ganti Prasadam, who was brought here from Koraput, was consulted by the mediators in the local jail during the day.

The government agreed to withdraw a case against Prasadam and four others — Kandula Sirisa alias Padma (wife of Maoist leader Ramakrishna); Andaluri Iswari; Rosa Mandangi, and driver Gokul Kuldipia.

As for the release of Ashutosh Sen, Srinivas Sriramulu, Gananath Patra and Tapan Mishra, it agreed to examine the cases on their merits.

On withdrawal of cases against hundreds of tribals who had been jailed as Maoists, the government agreed to review the cases within three months.

The government should connect the various departments that have been established by the government for a purpose. In isolation these departments cannot have any impact. Procrastination seems to be the nature of almost every Government Set Up in India. Turn Around Time (TAT) for services and decisions should be tracked as that will determine the pace at which our economy can/will grow. Instead of getting into damage control zone the officials must make sure that they stay away from compromising situations by training its officials.

from:  Rashmi
Posted on: Feb 24, 2011 at 12:48 IST

Very happy to see Mr. Krishna having choosen Civil Services but our young officers should be trained thoroughly to understand the serious local problems and the background and their intelligence so that they are alert and careful to avoid these exchange schemes.I dont understan how and where our IITs are connected to Civil Services. They are far better in the technical services rather than these services.Our Minister Sibal can recommend for Indian Technical Services board to recruit pure technical brains to head and serve for outstanding results in the respective field.

from:  Shanthala Reddy
Posted on: Feb 23, 2011 at 13:09 IST

Media is like God.Who take care of all people.I am disagree with the last paragraph,the way you wrote.Adivasi(Tribal)and Maoist is two different thing.Maoists have no caste,no race,no religion.So I request to you please don't represent Maoists as a Adivasi(Tribal).

from:  Chotababu Soren
Posted on: Feb 23, 2011 at 12:08 IST

We people of India are elated to hear the news about the release of Collector and Junior Engineer. Family will be much more happy and the Orissa Government will also be heaving a sigh of relief. But, if you look at the other side of the coin, it is really very disturbing. It is very easy for the extremist elements to abduct one officer or the other in order to meet their demand. At times, it is very difficult for the Government to control the situation. Government should mull over some other remidial measure. Othewise at one point of time, there will be total lawlessness and incase government wants to stiffle the voice of the extremist, they might resort to abduction etc.

from:  C. Seshadri
Posted on: Feb 23, 2011 at 10:55 IST
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