MIDNAPORE, India: The kidnapped officer-in-charge was released on Thursday by the Maoist. Atindranath Dutta is the officer-in-charge of the Sankrail police station in West Midnapore district and was kidnapped by the Maoist on Tuesday after they killed two of his colleagues and looted the entire armoury of the police station.
Kishenji, the Maoist leader said to the media, “We have freed Atindranath Dutta, the Sankrail OC, after 15 tribal women were released on bail by a Jhargram court as per our demand…We have kept our promises made to the family of the OC. If we commit something to someone, we try to honour that and the delay in releasing the OC was caused by the joint forces which had tried to attack and kill our men even though we had promised to release the OC.”
The leader denied any involvement of mediator in releasing the OC. He said the family of the Atindranath Dutta had appealed to him for his release and he had urged the West Bengal government to release some Lalgarh women who were picked up by the police and implicated falsely.
Kishenji also added that he said the Maoist will be releasing the officer only when WB government discharged the Lalgarh women from jails.
Thursday morning the court in Jhargram released on bail the fifteen tribal women as per the demand of the Maoist.
The officer was released Thursday evening at Domohani near Dharampur in the presence of mediapersons and a local lawyer. He was freed in a dense forest and from there the journalists accompanied him walking down to a metal road near Domohani.
West Bengal chief secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty said at Writers’ Buildings to the media, “Now, we are feeling good that the OC was released by the Maoists at about 5.30 pm.”
Director General of Police Bhupinder Singh said, “The operation (against Maoists) will continue. There is no question of toning it down… Kishenji has always been our target. We will find him. But the task will be difficult.”