Despite Chief Minister Shibu Soren accepting their key demands,the Maoists continued to keep BDO Prashant Layak in their captivity for the sixth day on Thursday. We have no clue about Layak. We hope he will be freed soon, East Singhbhum SP Naveen Kumar Singh told The Indian Express.
Layak was in his office at Dalbhumgarh in East Singhbhum district on February 12 when two motorbike-borne CPI(Maoist) cadres barged into the room and abducted him on gun point,leaving behind a set of demands for his safe return.
These demands included halt anti-Naxal operations; arrest Shankar Chandra Hembrom,president,Nagrik Suraksha Samiti,who had mobilised tribals of the district against the Maoists; pay Rs 10 lakh compensation to the family of one of their comrades,Sanjiv Munda,who was killed by the security forces in a false encounter on February 14; a statement from the Chief Minister promising no police atrocities on innocent people; and release of 14 innocent villagers arrested on false charges.
Except for the arrest of Hembrom,Soren has met the rest of the demands. The anti-Naxalite operation has been stopped,Rs 10 lakh has been paid to the next of kin of Sanjiv Munda and IG Rezi Dungdung had initiated the process of releasing the 14 villagers.
We have started re-investigating their cases. But to get them out of jail will take some time, said Dungdung after visiting the Ghatshila jail where they are lodged.
Soren has also appealed to the Maoists to release BDO Layak. Their main demand is connected with the release of villagers. Since the move to get them out of jail has been initiated,I appeal to them to release our officer safely, said Soren in a statement on Wednesday night.