BJP leader seeks probe into Collector's abduction and release



Bhubaneswar: Terming the abduction of Malkangiri Collector RV Krishna as a "mystery," a BJP leader on Saturday lashed out at the Orissa Government for conceding to Maoists' "unjust pleas" and demanded a probe into the entire episode by the Centre .

"The whole abduction episode, which raised a number of questions and doubts, must be probed thoroughly by the union government," senior BJP leader Bijoy Mohapatra told reporters here, two days after Krishna was freed.

The abduction had exposed failure of governance and democratic functioning in the state under the BJD government, he said, adding that the entire police force had been completely demoralised due to the manner in which the Naveen Patnaik regime bowed to the Maoists.

Stating that there were abductions in Chhattisgarh and Bihar before the last general elections, Mohapatra said nowhere did the state governments concerned conceded any demands of the Maoists.

"On the contrary, anti-Maoist operation in entire Orissa was stopped the moment the district Collector was abducted," the BJP leader said.

Asking the BJD government to explain under what circumstances it succumbed to the pressure of the Maoist-appointed mediators, he said, "it has set a dangerous precedent and sent a wrong signal in Maoist-hit states."

Pointing out that during discussions with mediators, state government officials had said there should be no coercive action, Mohapatra said such a statement was unfortunate.

"Does it mean coercive action was being resorted to all these days before Krishna's abduction," he said.

Recalling that there were reports before last general elections about abduction threat to Collectors of Rayagada and Malkangiri districts, he sought to know what preventive steps the state government had taken in the region.

Claiming that the whole incident was shrouded by mystery, Mohapatra alleged that the way events were portrayed by media it looked like a drama and the government would have to answer many questions.

"If any agreement was signed with mediators, it should be made public and tabled in assembly," he said.

Mohapatra said the Chief Minister should also explain as to what led to the situation and who had organised the camp in Chitrakonda area where the Collector had gone before being abducted.

PTI