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J'khand BDO release: Govt 'swaps' two men

Source: PTI
February 20, 2010 22:08 IST
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Jharkhand government on Saturday freed two of the 14 arrested persons whose release the Maoists set as a precondition to free the abducted Block Development Officer of Dalbhumgarh Prashant Kumar Layek.

Jasmi Mardi and her father Bahadur Mardi were granted bail by a court in Ghatsila, a day after the police submitted case diaries before the court, coinciding with the release of the BDO.

"It could be termed as a diplomatic effort and not operational," said an official release on Saturday quoting Chief Minister Shibu Soren on the release of BDO by the ultras on Friday after he was abducted on February 13.

On February 16, Soren had announced that legal process had begun into the cases of the jailed persons whom Maoists claimed to be innocent and wanted to be freed.

The lawyer of Mardi, M Haque, said the two were released on sureties of Rs 10,000 each and will be released from Ghatsila sub-divisional jail later during the day.

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