‘Jharkhand to reinvestigate Maoist cases if BDO released’
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Last Updated: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 18:56
Jamshedpur: Jharkhand police on Tuesday said they would "reinvestigate" cases related to 14 chargesheeted Maoists if BDO of Dalbhumgarh, Prasant Kumar Layek, is released.

"The reinvestigation against the Maoists will start soon after procuring order from state home department," Zonal IG Rezi Dung Dung told in a press conference at Ghatsila.

The police would start investigation afresh against the Maoists after obtaining permission from the court, he said, adding the police have asked the family members of the arrested persons to place their versions.

Meanwhile, Julie Bharti, Layek's wife said that she will immolate herself and her 4-year-old daughter if her husband was harmed by Maoists.

"I do not have any option but to immolate along with my daughter," she said.

Referring to the Maoist demand for withdrawal of forces and halting search operations, Zonal IG said, "The police were duty bound to ensure safety of every citizen and they are trying to recover Layek safely."

No breakthrough was achieved in regard to Layek's abduction though the search operation was continuing.

The spokesman of Maoist's Bengal-Orissa-Jharkhand regional border committee, Rakeshji threatened to kill the BDO unless the villagers were not released.

The BDO's brother and some villagers today blocked roads at Asanchar village in Dumka, demanding the government take immediate steps to release BDO.

Meanwhile, the government has once again called upon Maoists to set the BDO free even as the Jharkhand Administrative Service Association (JASA) announcing two-day mass leave across the state from today.

"We have gone on two-day mass leave, demanding early release of Prasant Kumar Layek. We will again review the situation at 5 pm tomorrow for our next course of action," JASA President, Sunil Kumar Singh, said over phone.


First Published: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 18:56

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