The prospects for the release of the abducted Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon brightened on Monday night, when the government and Maoist interlocutors hammered out an agreement to constitute a high-power official committee to examine the cases of all prisoners (with a focus on tribals) in Chhattisgarh and to expedite their release.

Appealing for the release of the Collector at a press conference in Raipur, the interlocutors said the committee would become operational within an hour of the release.

The panel will be headed by retired IAS officer Nirmala Buch and the members will be Chief Secretary Sunil Kumar, Home Secretary N.K. Aswal, and DG Anil M. Navaney.

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