Hostage Crisis Ends; Villagers Released by Maoists

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Malkangiri: All the 11 villagers who had been kidnapped on Wednesday late night by the Maoists from the Mahupadar village under Mathili block of the district were released today, ending the 48 hour hostage crisis in the area. Nakul Pujari, Soma Chalan, Hari Durua,Paban Durua,Indra Durua, Khageswar Kumbhar and Udaynath Kollar, the villagers who were forcibly taken away by the rebels at the gunpoint have come home safely today, according to the sources in the police department.

Seven of the abducted villagers were kidnapped by the Maoists from the Mahupadar village on Odisha-Chhatisgarh border on Wednesday late night, the remaining four were abducted by the red brigade the day before. The families of the kidnapped people were in tense wait as a result of the grave incident. Moreover, many of the villagers as well as the families of the kidnapped persons fled from the village fearing further attacks and the village looked deserted. At the same time, they anticipated the release of the villagers, not because they saw some kind of positive developments in the case, but because it has been seen earlier that the Maoists seldom wait to execute

Search operations had also been launched by the police in the area after the kidnapping incident had taken place on Wednesday night, but unfortunately the search showed no positive results. According to some people, the Maoists released the villagers because the intensified search and rescue operations carried on by the police had forced them to do so.