Latehar (J`khand): Maoists on Tuesday claimed to
have set free Garhwa zilla parishad chairperson Sushma Mehta
and two others, but kept her security guard in their custody.
"We have released the chairperson, her driver Ahmed and
CPI (ML-Liberation) leader Akhtar Ansari at a spot. They will
be reaching their residences by this evening," CPI (Maoist)
leader Sudhir said over phone in Latehar.
He said Mehta`s security guard Sunesh Ram was still in
their custody and would be freed only after their conditions
Sudhir, who did not disclose the area where the trio was
set free, had on Sunday owned responsibility for their
He had said they would be freed only after the shifting of
three base camps set up at Sarju, Odya and Kone in Latehar
district and ending police operations against them.
Mehta`s husband had said that his wife and the three were
in a car soon after the Maoists triggered the landmine blast
that killed 13 policemen near Bariganwa forest in Garhwa
district on January 21.
Police, however, said they had no information about any
kidnapping after the blast.
Garhwa SP Michael S Raj said Sunesh Ram was a constable
with the district police.
Ram was deputed as the security guard of the zilla
parishad chairperson, he said.
His family informed police that he had not reached home,
but denied any knowledge of his abduction as claimed by the