'Exploring all options to ensure collector's release'
The Chhattisgarh govt today said it was exploring all possible options to ensure safe release of Sukma DC Alex Paul Menon, abducted by Naxals on Saturday. State govt halts anti-Naxal drive | Panel formed to get Menon back | Maoists list demands, set deadlineindia Updated: Apr 23, 2012 18:29 IST
The Chhattisgarh government on Monday said it was exploring all possible options to ensure safe release of Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon, abducted by Naxals on Saturday.
"The state government is exploring all options and making efforts to ensure safe release of Menon and is making efforts in this regard," Chief Minister Raman Singh told reporters in Raipur.
He said the state government has been in continuous touch with the Centre since the IAS officer was kidnapped on Saturday by Maoists from Sukma district's Majhipara village, where he was attending a government outreach programme.
"All neighbouring states have been alerted about the abduction and there is better coordination in all the states...We are continuously in touch with the Centre," the chief minister said.
He also informed that an all-party meeting has been convened in Raipur this evening and the suggestions emerging at the meeting could be helpful in ensuring the release of the collector.
Meanwhile, Additional Director General of Police Ram Nivas (anti-Naxal operations) said the abducted IAS officer was "safe" even as his captors are frequently changing their hideouts.
"The state police is in touch with their counterparts from the bordering states," he said, adding the security of the senior officers working in Naxal-hit areas has been increased following the incident.
Maoists on Sunday set April 25 as deadline for the release of the IAS officer and demanded release of eight of their jailed leaders in Chhattisgarh in exchange of the collector's freedom.