Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Monday urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to take immediate steps to secure the early and safe release of Alex Paul Menon, Collector of Sukma District in Chhattisgarh, who was kidnapped by Maoists on April 21.
In a letter to Dr. Singh, she said it was unfortunate that the officer was abducted while he was discharging his official duties.
“I am sure the Government of India and the Ministry of Home Affairs would have already taken steps to ensure the safe release of the officer at the earliest,” she said.
Ms. Jayalalithaa said the local people, including the family members of the abducted officer, were greatly exercised over the incident, especially since the officer was not keeping well, and they were fervently looking forward to the good news of his early release.
“I, therefore, strongly urge the Centre to take steps to secure early and safe release of the abducted officer and thereby bring relief to his family members,” she said.