Kunjam hopeful for speedy release of Alex Paul Menon

Speaking to reporters after reaching Sukma today, Kunjam said his role ends only at delivering medicines for Alex Paul Menon, as asked by chief minister Raman Singh.

"Since I am not mediating between the Naxals and the government, I cannot tell you what would be the future course of action on part of the ultras," he said.

When asked whether he was carrying any special message for the collector's wife Asha Menon, Kunjam said he would share this information only with her.

Kunjam, who left on April 24 with medicines from Sukma to Tadmetla forest, said that he handed over the medicines to the abducted Sukma collector Menon, yesterday afternoon.

Though he was supposed to return last evening, Kunjam arrived only today morning. He told reporters that he halted at Mesma village last night on the request of villagers there.

The rebels had sought release of eight of their jailed associates in exchange of collector's freedom and had set a deadline which expired yesterday.

The state government last night held a meeting along with government mediators - former Chief Secretaries of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh Nirmala Buch and S K Mishra - and appealed the extremists to extend the deadline.
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