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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Settlement on kidnapped WB Police officer release finalised

BENGAL NEWZ EXCLUSIVE : Kolkata, 21 October : The West Bengal government has decided to release atleast fourteen tribal women from the state's Lalgarh region in exchange for the release of kidnapped police officer Atindranath Dutta. "If the state government keep its word, we will release the police officer," Maoist military wing chief Koteswar Rao alias Kishenji told the BBC in an exclusive interview. On its part, the West Bengal said it will keep its commitments made during a secret conversation that took place between Kishenji and a senior police official this evening.
"We will not go ahead with legal proceedings against these village women who had been nabbed on suspicion of links with the Maoists," the senior police official told Kishenji who responded warmly. But the police official was not willing to be identified because he feared the "mob effect" from local press. But he has rich experience in federal intelligence. At the start of the consersation, the police official told the Maoist leader : "We want you Maoists to first release the police inspector Dutta. This will strengthen the hands of those of us who favour negotiations." He said there were 25 tribal women in custody but eleven have been released and fourteen are still there. Kishenji insisted the numbers could be more but agreed to check with his own people. He said he will get "his people to move the bail petition" for the tribal women on Thursday and if the government did not contest it, the police official will be released "somewhere in the next few days.
Inspector Atindranath Dutta was kidnapped on Tuesday, after dozens of Maoists rebels attacked a State bank and Sankrail police station in West Midnapore districts. Two policemen were killed in the raid and the inspector who is officer in charge of the Sankrail police station was kidnapped. Photos : AP

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