Police officer was kidnapped by Maoist woman cadre
It was a Maoist woman cadre and her male companion who surprised Atindranath Dutta, Officer-in -Charge of Sankrail police station, just after he had finished lunch at his quarters on Tuesday and took him hostage.india Updated: Oct 24, 2009 20:46 IST
It was a Maoist woman cadre and her male companion who surprised Atindranath Dutta, Officer-in -Charge of Sankrail police station, just after he had finished lunch at his quarters on Tuesday and took him hostage.
"The woman Maoist and her male companion armed with 9 mm pistols broke into my quarters just after I had finished lunch and took me hostage at gunpoint before I could do anything," Dutta told PTI from his north Kolkata residence.
"Then they took me to the police station and questioned me about the arms stored there," Dutta, who was released last evening at Lalgarh in West Midnapore district by Maoist leader Kishanji, said.
The Maoists had given him food and had not ill-treated him during captivity, he said.
On whether he would continue to serve in the police force, he said "I want to take a break. I want to spend some time with my family because they went through a nerve-wrecking experience.
"I will speak to my family. After that I will speak to my senior officers and seek their advice before taking a decision."
He also hoped that state government would take steps for the release of sub-inspector Kanchan Garai and constable Sabir Ali posted at the Dharampur police outpost who were kidnapped by Maoists on July 30 while going to buy spare parts for generators supplying power to police camps.
"I hope the government will take earnest steps to secure release of the two other policemen," Dutta said.
Asked if he had spoken to Kishenji about the release of Garai and Ali, Dutta said he had not.
Dutta said he had gathered from talks with Maoists during captivity that they wanted the government to take up welfare measures for the rural poor who were deprived and exploited.
Asked whether the government should open dialogue with Maoists, Dutta said, "Everything is possible through dialogue. My personal view is that the government should hold talks, but what the government does is up to it."
Dutta said that he was happy with the role played by Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee in his release and that the state administration had taken steps after giving much thought. "My family and I are grateful to them."