After nearly two weeks of hectic parleys, abducted Sukma collector Alex Paul Menon is set to be released on Thursday.
In an SMS message to media organisations late on Tuesday, Maoists said Menon, who has been held by them since April 21, would be handed over to mediators G Hargopal and BD Sharma “in front of the people” at Tadmetla in south Bastar.
The Maoist and government mediators on Wednesday signed a two-page agreement.
The mediators would be flown to Tadmetla in Dantewada district to receive Menon, said an official source. Another source said Maoists might have kept Menon in Kumadtung village, 5 km from Tadmetla.
Under the pact, the government has agreed to set up a committee headed by Nirmala Buch, one of the two government mediators, to review the cases of all prisoners in Chhattisgarh jails, including those demanded by the Maoists.
Hargopal said he hoped the state would act on its assurances soon after Menon’s release.