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Arrested Maoists get bail, Kishenji assures release of officer

Last updated on: October 22, 2009 15:15 IST

Maoist leader Kishenji said abducted police officer Atindranath Dutta would be released, as the women who had been arrested by security forces from Lalgarh were granted bail on Thursday.

In a phone conversation Kishenji said, "Atindranath Dutta, who was taken as a Prisoner of War on Tuesday from Sankrail police station, will be released."

On a question if the government had accepted the demand of releasing the women, Kishenji said there were 15 women altogether whose bail applications had been taken up by a court on Thursday.

"They have got the bail. After they come back, we will release the officer-in-charge." Asked if the government had proposed the bail, the leader said from an undisclosed location, "I cannot say whether they were released following the government's instructions, but coincidentally today was their date for appearance at the court and their bail application was granted."

The Maoist leader did not reveal if anybody from the government side came for negotiation. "Right now, I cannot disclose anything more," he said.

Assuring the family of Dutta, Kishenji said, "I assure that he will be released. The Maoists never kill 'Prisoners of War'.

Earlier in the day, Kishenji had asked both the West Bengal and the Union governments to halt police action or risk harm to Dutta.

The Maoists, who shot dead two other officers on Tuesday, had abducted Dutta from a police station on October 20. The Ultras, who came on motorbikes, also looted over Rs 9 lakh from a nearby State Bank of India branch before escaping.

Source: ANI