Bhubaneswar: Maoists Saturday claimed to have
released a police official who was abducted by the ultras 10
days ago from a police station in Orissa`s Keonjhar district.
Assistant Sub-Inspector of police Umesh Chandra Marandi
was released at Palaspala forest area in Keonjhar district
Saturday afternoon, a rebel leader told a section of
Keonjhar-based reporters over phone.
Marandi was taken hostage by the Maoists during an attack
on a police station at Daitari on the night of July 7.
"We learnt about Marandi`s release from media. He was yet
to arrive at Daitari," Keonjhar SP Asish Kumar Singh said.
A police team had been to the forest area to pick up
Marandi, who is said to have been dropped there by Maoists,
the SP said.
"We will be in a position to confirm Marandi`s release
after he arrives Daitari," Singh said.