Majhi says abductors promised to release Collector soon
Freed from captivity after a week-long ordeal, junior engineer Pabitra Majhi said Maoists have promised to release Malkangiri district Collector RV Krishna within two days and that the official was "fine and being treated well".
Bhubaneswar: Freed from captivity after a
week-long ordeal, junior engineer Pabitra Majhi on Wednesday said the
Maoists have promised to release Malkangiri district Collector
R V Krishna within two days and that the official was "fine
and being treated well".
Maintaining that the rebels treated them properly
without harassment or torture in their captivity, Majhi told
reporters at Malkangiri that the both, he and Krishna, were
served good food, including rice and dal.
"The district collector is fine and in good condition.
There is nothing to worry about his health. We were together,"
Majhi said adding, "I am also fine."
Optimistic about the early release of Krishna, he said
the Naxals had promised while freeing him that the Malkangiri
collector would be released within 48 hours.
Asked as to why the collector was not freed along with
him, the junior engineer said, "I cannot say. It was entirely
up to them (Naxals)".
Unable to name the place where the two were kept, Majhi
said the Naxals did not send any letter when they freed him at
a place near Jantapai.
Krishna and Majhi were abducted by Maoists from
Chitrakonda area in Malkangiri district on February 16 during
a visit there for a camp for local development.