The Bihar government is trying its best to secure the release of the policemen taken hostage by the Maoists and the Centre is expecting an early resolution of the crisis, Union Home Secretary Gopal K Pillai said on Thursday.
"The state government has been making all efforts to secure the release of the police personnel who have been taken hostage and we are hopeful that there would be an outcome to the negotiations," he told reporters here.
Pillai said the whole issue was being handled by the Bihar government.
"The state government is now negotiating with the Maoists and, therefore, we are extending full cooperation and we hope that there would be a successful outcome," he said.
The Maoists had kidnapped sub-inspectors Rupesh Kumar and Abhay Prasad Yadav, BMP havildar Ehtesham Khan and BMP ASI Lucas Tete after an encounter in Bihar's Lakhisarai district.
Six Bihar Military Police personnel, officer-in-charge of Kawaiya police outpost Bhulan Yadav and a policeman were killed in the gunfight.
A massive search operation is underway to trace the four policemen kidnapped by Maoists.