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Updated: April 24, 2012 00:32 IST

Take steps for early release of Collector, says Jayalalithaa

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Chief Minister Jayalalithaa
Chief Minister Jayalalithaa

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.

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She was opposing NCTC tooth & nail along with the likes of Mamta,Naveen,Modi etc. Now
she is appealing to the Centre to intervene in another state's internal security issue. A
paradox indeed.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Apr 24, 2012 at 19:47 IST

She must have sent a letter to the Chattisgarh CM ratehr than the PM. It is a state subject and she doesnt have any locus standi to plead to the PM. When she knows how to contact other CMs for issues to oppose the centre, why she cant write to them when there is genuine need for action at the state level.

from:  Senthil
Posted on: Apr 24, 2012 at 09:36 IST

Let the good sense prevail on State governments.They should not play
politics over issues like security-internal or external.They should
cooperate with the Union government in fighting the menace -terrorism -
home grown or external.

Posted on: Apr 24, 2012 at 08:45 IST

Well. It is good she wrote letter to PM for the release of Sukuma collector.But Ms.jayalalitha failed to attend NCTE called by the centre.She should have attended the meeting and discussed this menace as well as terrorists,instead of going for prestige and putting the Centre in embarrassing position to take any decision.It is high time for all the CMs to attend NCTE or any other meeting called by Centre & discuss these issues without any ambiguity or suspicion.Politicians who speak of anxiety in such incidents also failed to take decisions in such cases. they are passing the buck to the centre & blame centre for not doing any thing.They want money,forces,gadgets etc to fight this menace but not ready to do anything at their level. Had these states implemented/developed the naxal affected areas in true spirit this problem could not have arose.They simply announce the schemes & leave. But not monitor what works actually grounded/implemented.Releasing of detained naxals is not good.

from:  S.Nagaraja Rao
Posted on: Apr 23, 2012 at 19:47 IST

What a coincidence ? Centre wants to implement NCTC... Jaya opposes it... and then a Tamil IAS officer is kidanapped .... BJP/Jaya pleads ... so they will pass NCTC 3 months later with some discussion/modification ??? citing these problem ... democracy management ?

from:  sachin
Posted on: Apr 23, 2012 at 19:24 IST
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