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Feb 20, 2010 at 08:23pm IST

Jharkhand releases 2 suspected Maoists

Ranchi: Two of the 14 people, whose release was sought by Maoists in Jharkhand to free an abducted government official, were released on bail on Saturday, a police official said.

Jasmi Mardi and her father Bahadur Mardi were given bail by a Jamshedpur court. They were arrested a few months ago on charges of being Maoists.

The banned group, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) had on February 13 abducted Prasant Layak, a Block Development Officer (BDO), from his office in Dhalbhumgarh block of East Singhbhum district, of which Jamshedpur is the biggest city.

BAD DEAL: Jharkhand government has been accused of going soft on Naxals.

The BDO was released Friday after the Jharkhand government agreed to re-investigate the cases of 14 people jailed on charges of being Maoists.

Inspector General of Police of Kolhan region Rezi Dundung on Wednesday visited Ghatshila sub jail of East Singhbhum where the 14 people were kept.

"Two of the 14 people were innocent and they were booked on fake charges," said Dundung. The two people who were termed innocent by Dundung were Jasmi and Bahadur.

The state government has also requested permission from a Jamshedpur court to re-investigate the case of 12 others whose release was sought by the Maoists.