Alex Paul Menon, Collector of Sukma district in Chattisgarh, who was kidnapped by Maoists and later freed from captivity, met Chief Minister Jayalalithaa at the Secretariat on Wednesday and thanked her for making efforts to secure his release.

Mr. Menon, who hails from Tirunelveli district, was abducted by Maoists on April 21. After prolonged negotiations, he was released on May 3.

An official press release here recalled that the Chief Minister had written a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh urging him to take steps to obtain his release.