Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar/Malkangiri, Apr 16:
Suspected Maoists released 11 persons they had abducted on Monday night from villages under Kartanpalli panchayat under Mathili police station limits in Odisha’s Malkangiri district.
“All the 11 persons allegedly kidnapped by the Maoists have returned to their villages by today evening. All of them are in good health,” Inspector General of Police (South-West Range) Yashwant Jethwa said.
While the Red rebels released the two persons– former block chairman of Mathili from Kartanpalli village Trinath Bhumia and Bonduku Golar– last night, the members of the outlawed group released three others this morning. Six others were released later in the day.
They were reportedly released after being produced at a “Praja Court” held at Luller village under Mathili block area bordering Chhattishgarh.
Earlier in the day, Director General of Police (DGP) Sanjeev Marik had said the abducted people were Maoist sympathisers.
IG Jethwa said the police would talk to the 11 persons and ascertain their possible links with the Maoists. “If any Maoist connection is found, the villagers will be persuaded to surrender and proper rehabilitation measures will be taken,” he said.