Even four days after a police man was taken hostage by Maoists, Orissa government appears to be in no mood to release 68 'red rebels' as demanded by the ultras for the safe release of the official.
"Police is on the job. They are working hard to trace the missing ASI and combing operation is going on in Keonjhar district," Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told reporters while replying a question on the steps taken to trace Umesh Chandra Marandi, the abducted ASI.
The chief minister, however, did not react on the Maoists' conditions for safe release of Marandi.
A senior home department official, however, said that Marandi's abduction had turned out to be a "major concern" for the state administration.
The ASI, posted at Daitari police station in Keonjhar district, was abducted by Maoists at gun point on the night of July 7 after attacking a the police station.
While Maoists have claimed to have abducted ASI, the state government is yet to admit that Marandi is under captivity of the rebels.