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Abducted collector’s health worsens

State government rushes medicines.

(Photo Courtesy: NDTV)

Despite medical help being sent, the condition of abducted collector Alex Paul Menon has worsened, sources said.

Manish Kunjam, former legislator from Konta district, took the medicines for Menon, an asthma patient, yesterday after Maoists made an appeal for medical help.

"Mr Alex Paul Menon's health is very critical. It's our request to please send his medicines through the mediators,” the Maoists said in a statement.

It said that the delay being caused by the officials would be responsible for his bad health and if something happens, it would be the government's responsibility.

The state government rushed Kunjam hours after the Maoists’ issued the statement.

Kunjam is one of the three mediators named by the Maoists to negotiate for the collector’s release. The other two are lawyer Prashant Bhushan and former National SC/ST Commission chairperson B.D. Sharma.

Meanwhile, Kunjam and Bhushan have refused to take part in the negotiation process.

The deadline set by Maoists for the release of Menon ended today.

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh has said that his government is "ready for talks whenever the Maoists want."

Singh said that their main aim was to bring the collector back.

Source: ndtv

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