Krishna will return safely: Ex-IPS officer

This was the first reaction of retired IPS officer S K Venugopal when Deccan Herald spoke to him at his HSR Layout fourth sector residence in Bangalore.

A tense Venugopal said Krishna had spoken to him four days ago. His daughter Chandana is in a state of shock and was in constant touch with her parents, Venugopal said. The couple’s fifteen-month-old son Nrupen is with his grand parents in Bangalore.

Venugopal narrated the kidnapping incident to Deccan Herald: “Krishna had taken part in a government programme on Wednesday evening at Badapada village in Chitrakonda police limits which was attended by around 500 people.

“A few locals requested him to inspect a government school almost two kilometres away.
“Krishna decided to go on a bike with two junior engineers as a four-wheeler could not negotiate the stretch.

“The team was coming back after the visit. Suddenly, a gang of five Naxals, including a woman Naxal, accosted them and took them away to an undisclosed location.

“They offered tea and coffee to R V Krishna. They offered him a chair to sit. They made one of the engineers to note down their demands and submit the same to the government.Their two demands included stopping of Green Hunt, an anti-Naxal operation and the release of a few maoist undertrials and prisoners,” Venugopal revealed.

Krishna had come to Bangalore with his wife in October last year. The couple had married four years ago. Chandana is in Malkangiri, Venugopal added.

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