A bearded man — with piece of saffron cloth covering most of his face — calling himself Kishenji (the Maoist leader) visited abducted policeman Abhay Prasad Yadav's house in a remote village in North Bihar at 6.30 in the morning on Sunday.
He brought a smile on Kanti Yadav's face after eight days when he told her that her husband would be released soon.
TV channels present at the Yadav home beamed footage of the so-called Kishenji interacting with the family at Krishna Nagar village in Begusarai district for about 20 minutes.
"You are my sister. How can I not feel your pain? Your call to us to free your husband and the situation in which your family finds itself in, has struck an emotional chord with the committee. Your husband and the two others are already returning home," TV channels showed 'Kishenji' as saying to Kanti.
An overwhelmed Kanti called her daughter and told her to touch her Mama's feet. She herself tore a strip of her sari to tie it around 'Kishenji''s wrist as a rakhi.
The family also bought kilos of sweets to distribute among neighbours, mediapersons and visitors after the assurance they received from 'Kishenji'. Priests were called to begin a yagna.
During his short stay at the village, 'Kishenji' seemed to have endeared himself to its residents — to the extent that they even raised slogans such as Maowadi Zindabad (Long Live Maoists).
But as the hours wore on after the departure of 'Kishenji', joy began to turn into despair.
In the evening, when there was still no news of the Maoists releasing the three remaining policemen, Kanti fainted for a while, unable to take the depression and the stress.
The entire family, especially the children, stayed glued to the TV. But there was no news of Abhay Prasad Yadav.