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Updated: May 25, 2012 12:12 IST

Sukma Collector's father shocked

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He had returned to Chennai after visiting his son and family

The abduction of his son and Sukma Collector Alex Paul Menon (31) has rendered A. Varadhas almost speechless. He cannot believe what has happened.

“I returned to Chennai from Sukma [in Chhattisgarh] only on Thursday after visiting my son and his family. I came to know about this [abduction] only around 4.45 p.m.,” Mr. Varadhas told The Hindu over the phone from Chennai on Saturday evening.

Mr. Varadhas, a retired primary school headmaster, lives in Palayamkottai, though his native place is Samathanapuram near Valliyoor. He had shifted from his birthplace to Palayamkottai with the objective of providing better education to his children — Alex and Juliet Ruby, a siddha doctor now settled in Mysore.

After completing his schooling at the Rose Mary Matriculation Higher Secondary School, Palayamkottai, in 1997, Mr. Alex Menon did his BE degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering at the RVS College of Engineering and Technology, Dindigul in 2001.

On becoming a civil servant in 2006, he was posted as Additional Collector of Jagdalpur in Chhattisgarh and then Additional Collector of Dhamtari in May 2010.

When the new district of Sukma was formed in Chhattisgarh's South Bastar region in January 2011, Mr. Alex Menon was made the first Collector.

‘Intelligent student'

“Since Alex, an intelligent student, lost his mother when he was in Plus Two, we showered love and affection on him,” recalls Y. Suryakumari Jayarani, his Tamil teacher at the Rose Mary Matriculation Higher Secondary School. She was terribly shocked on hearing his abduction by the Maoists.

Commenting on the recent abduction of two Italian tourists by the Maoists in Odhisha, Mr. Alex Menon observed on Facebook: ‘2 italian 2rists kidnapped by odisha maoists.. Their real faces are exposed every nuv n thn.'

Nicely summed up ! The extremist movement is not without rationale. Agreed that the natural resources are abundant in some of the regions in which these forces prevail. But rather than engaging in warfare, there can be a peaceful and amicable approach between the govt and the extremists. 2012 recorded the least no of maoist incidents as was widely reported in the media. 2013 promises much more - as aptly summed up in this article, a holistic approach is the need for the hour. Good to see an informative column as this. Keep up the good work.

from:  Srikanth
Posted on: Jan 8, 2013 at 14:29 IST

That the year 2012 had seen the lowest number of incidents of violence was not due to the efficiency of the security forces or the weakening of opposing forces. Mining as a whole from Bellary to Bhilai was slowed down due to various reasons. Hence the lowest number of incidents. Once mining picks up, the incidents of violence also will increase.

from:  Sankara Narayanan
Posted on: Jan 8, 2013 at 13:44 IST

Very nicely written. Why would anyone want to live a life of extremity
(I wouldn't want to use the word terrorism)if they are given a peaceful
and fair option to live? It is us who created the need for their
activities that are considered 'extreme'. And good to see few
government and non-government institutions thinking about the actual
solution than a temporary fix. Let peace be upon the people!

Peace!

from:  Raja
Posted on: Jan 8, 2013 at 09:57 IST

Clean and to the point.
I'm not sure why govt failed to address griefs underlying rebel,major reason for political issue in LWE.
Though I remember govt asked students to join a team, to live in those states.
I really hope that this issue can be fixed asap and we can have stable state.

from:  sarvoday
Posted on: Jan 8, 2013 at 01:57 IST
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