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Orissa District Collector in Maoist captivity


CHITTARANJAN CHIRANJIT/ RATNAKAR DASH | Bhubaneswar, February 19, 2011 11:32
Tags : district collector of orissa's malkangiri | demand withdrawal of central forces | collector R V Krishna |

The District Collector of Maoist-hit Malkangiri RV Krishna was abducted by Maoists on last Wednesday evening. The Maoists has demanded withdrawal of Central forces from the region and release of around 700 jailed Maoists.


The state government responding to the demands of the Maoists said that it was ready to hold talks with them. The Home Secretary of Orissa, Upendra Nath Behera, told the media persons that the state government was ready to hold talks with the Maoists. The state government has directed the security forces to stop the combing operations to pave way for the talks.


Meanwhile, the Maoist have declared the name of three negotiators, Dandapani Mohanty, Prof. KS Rao and Hargopal, for the talks. Spiritual guru Swami Agnivesh has also proposed to hold talk with the Maoists for the release of the officers.


Amongst massive support for the IAS officer’s release coming forward from all quarter of the state, civil society too have demanded the unconditional release of the officials. On the other front, e-mails and Facebook messages are all over the net to save Krishna from the clutches of the Maoists.


According to a police chief, 'additional reinforcements of policemen have been sent to the area to bolster efforts to trace the collector.' Krishna an Orissa cadre IAS officer of 2005 batch, is a native of Chand Nagar, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.


As per reports, Sri Krishna and other district officials had gone to Chitrokonda to participate in Jana Sanpark camp (people interaction camp) at Badapadar Village of Kudumula Block. The collector had then gone to another place to inspect the progress of an ongoing irrigation project with two junior engineers and a social worker. It was from here that he was kidnapped by the Maoists.


Suchen, one of the released official, came back from the Maoists’ camp carrying a letter written by Krishna. “The ultras left me free and forced the Collector to write a letter to the government of Orissa conveying their demands” Suchen said.


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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017