Orissa Police yet to trace abducted ASI

The Orissa Police is yet to trace an assistant sub-inspector taken hostage by Maoists during an attack on a police station in Keonjhar district.

Updated: Jul 10, 2010, 00:02 AM IST

Bhubaneswar: The Orissa Police is yet to
trace an assistant sub-inspector taken hostage by Maoists
during an attack on a police station in Keonjhar district.

"We are keeping a close watch (on the developments),"
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters here.

Senior police officers are in Daitari area from where the
Maoists had kidnapped the ASI, he said.

ASI Umesh Chandra Marandi was taken hostage during an
attack on Daitari police station on Wednesday night, a Maoist
leader had claimed yesterday.

Meanwhile, Orissa`s elite anti-Naxalite force, the
Special Operations Group (SOG) and the police continued
combing operation in forests of Keonjhar to trace Marandi.

The missing ASI`s family have appealed to the Maoists to
free the ASI, while the ultras have demanded release of 68 of
their cadres and stopping of police action in Kalinga Nagar
industrial complex in return of Marandi`s freedom.

-PTI