Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:37:53 GMT

Krishna returns to garlands & drumbeats

Hostage crisis ends: Free, Malkangiri Collector says scope for debate on development, but tribals must benefit

Krishna returns to garlands & drumbeats

At Janbai ghat on the Balimela reservoir, R Vineel Krishna with his driver Shankar Rao on Thursday evening

Malkangiri: Hundreds of tribal villagers danced to the beat of drums, showed victory signs, raised slogans and garlanded Malkangiri district Collector R Vineel Krishna as he walked free to an ecstatic reception this evening after eight days in Maoist captivity.

The popular 30-year-old IAS officer was brought this afternoon to the remote Tentuliguda village on the Orissa-Andhra border, three km from the spot where he had been abducted on February 16. His captors then addressed a "people's court" -- speaking for a few hours to a large group of local people, apparently residents of three villages nearby, on education, health and development.

At the end of the meeting, the Maoists handed Krishna over to the villagers, who put garlands around his neck, raised slogans in the local dialect, and carried him on their shoulders to Jantapai village, from where he had been taken away eight days ago.

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