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Updated: May 4, 2012 14:02 IST

Raman Singh: No deal in release of Collector

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Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh addressing a press conference, in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh addressing a press conference, in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: Sandeep Saxena

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh and the Maoists’ mediators on Friday emphatically said there was no secret deal or any quid pro quo between the rebels and the State government behind the release of Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon after he was held hostage for 12 days.

A day after he was set free, the 32-year-old IAS officer returned to his Sukma home, about 450 km from the State capital, on Friday morning to an emotional welcome from his wife Asha and other family members.

Mr. Menon spent the night at CRPF base camp at Chintalnar before reaching Sukma by helicopter and was brought home under tight security. His mother-in-law offered the traditional aarti before he stepped into his official residence.

“There is no secret deal or any understanding to facilitate the release of Alex Paul Menon,” Mr. Singh told reporters when asked whether there was any understanding between the State government and the rebels to bring to an end the 12-day hostage crisis.

At a press conference in Sukma, the two Maoists’ mediators — B.D. Sharma and Prof. Haragopal — who facilitated the release of Mr. Menon denied any secret deal for the freedom of the Collector.

S.K. Mishra, one of the two government mediators, also categorically said there was no secret deal or any quid pro quo between the two sides.

“Everything is in public domain,” he said referring to the agreement reached at between the mediators of the State government and the Maoists that paved the way for the release of the official.

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.

While it is a good news that Mr. Menon has been released by the Maoists, The Government too should be considerate to the families of two policemen who have been shot dead by them. I am sure Mr. Menon would visit the families of the two policemen to offer his personal condolences. It is a tragedy that in our country the Government is more interested in the important people than the ones who laid down their lives to protect their masters. The Government should have atleast sent their top Police personnel or the Collector of the District to which the slain policeman belonged to so that families take comfor that they are not being ingnored and that their families would be taken care of by the Government.

from:  jagannathan
Posted on: May 4, 2012 at 17:37 IST

I am glad that Mr. Alex was released fine. Can the media at least now highlight some stories
about 2 policemen who lost their lives?

from:  Narayanans Sundaresan
Posted on: May 4, 2012 at 17:30 IST

Oh Yea !!! Maosits made a mistake and abducted the collector. They apologised later and returned him to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh

I do no know when these politicians will learn ro speak the truth

from:  S. Ramakrishnan
Posted on: May 4, 2012 at 17:09 IST

If there is no deal, the collector was held as a guest by Maoists? Then, CM could have gone to be their guest too...

from:  Sankar
Posted on: May 4, 2012 at 13:30 IST

A Hundred Congratulations to the CM of Chattisgarh, Dr. Raman Singh, for having secured release of an important government official without releasing any left terrorists. The CM of Orissa Mr. Patnaik - who cannot speak Oriya - has got lots to learn from him. Further, I hope that the Maoists would have learnt that kidnapping is not the best policy whatsoever - and violence is not the right way to achieve their aims - however exalted these may be.

from:  Dr. A.K. Das
Posted on: May 4, 2012 at 13:22 IST

Kudos to the mediators and the state govt. for standing tall. Mediating
is different from accepting demands, the statement has been proven
right by them. As a side note, Mr Patnaik you need to see and learn.

from:  Vijay
Posted on: May 4, 2012 at 13:13 IST
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