Nearly 15 hours after he was released by his Maoist captors, collector Alex Paul Menon flew down from Chintalnar to Sukma on Friday morning. Menon, who was accompanied by the two Maoist mediators —B D Sharma and Prof G Hargopal — was received by his brother at the Sukma helipad at 9 am.
When an official vehicle drove him to his official residence, across the road from the collectorate, there was a gaggle of mediapersons and locals waiting to greet him.
A tired-looking Menon, however, wordlessly disappeared inside the house where his wife Asha was waiting for him.
At 6 pm finally, Menon and his wife emerged with folded hands for a media briefing.
Addressing the media in English and Tamil, Menon said he was happy to be back, but in the next five minutes or so desisted from commenting on the 12 days spent in captivity.
He urged the assembled media, “I just want to forget it. So let us avoid talking about it.”