After extending the deadline by 24 hours to meet their demands last night in exchange of the abducted BDO's release, the Maoists today allowed him a brief talk over phone with his wife.
Dalbhumgarh BDO Prasant Kumar Layek, who was abducted by the Maoists on Saturday, talked to his wife Julie Bharti for about one and a half minutes this morning.
"My husband told me he is fine and asked me not to worry about him," Julie, who has threatened to immolate herself along with her 4-year-old daughter if any harm was caused to Layek, said.
Bharti said she has apprised the Superintendent of Police Navin Kumar Singh about the phone call and was assured of initiating steps to rescue her husband.
The Maoists extended deadline for 24-hours following its expiry at 6 pm yesterday demanding among others unconditional release of 14 charge-sheeted villagers allegedly implicated in false cases.
Rakeshji, the spokesman of Bengal-Jharkhand-Orissa Border Regional Committee of CPI (Maoists), had said the 24-hrs extension of the deadline was final and refused to guarantee the BDO's safety after 6 pm today.