ASI released by Naxals recovering in hospital

Cuttack: A day after he was released by Maoists, doctors attending on the policeman who was in Naxal's custody for 10 days today said his condition was stable.

Assistant sub-inspector Umesh Marandi is undergoing treatment in the ICU of the medicine department of the SCB medical college hospital, where a team of doctors drawn from various wings and headed by the superintendent D N Moharana are attending to him.

The policeman, a diabetic patient, was abducted by the Maoists on July 7 and released yesterday after 10-days of captivity. He was rushed here and was admitted in the hospital last night itself.

Several clinical tests, including ECG were done on the 55-year-old policeman and the reports are encouraging, said a doctor treating him.

"The status of his heart is normal. But he has developed acute gastritis-related abnormalities due to unusual food intake, said Dr Moharana.

Meanwhile, the Director General of Orissa police Manmohan Praharaj visited the ailing ASI at the hospital and enquired about his condition.

Assistant sub-inspector of police Umesh Chandra Marandi, was released at Palaspala forest area in Keonjhar district this afternoon, a rebel leader told a section of Keonjhar-based reporters over phone yesterday.