New Delhi: Soon after the Maoists named senior Supreme Court lawyer Prashant Bhushan as one of the mediator in the Chhattisgarh hostage crisis, the Team Anna member categorically refused to hold talks with the Maoists for the release of the IAS officer.

READ MORE:C’garh: Naxals name Bhushan as mediator

DC abduction:CM to negotiate with Naxals

“It won’t be right for me to become mediator in the abduction issue. I appeal to the Maoists to release the IAS officer unconditionally,”said Bhushan while talking to reporters here on Tuesday.

He added, "I agree with some of their demands but it is wrong to kidnap a civilian officer and using him as a bargain tool."

Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon was kidnapped on April 22 by Naxals in Chhattisgarh. On Tuesday, they named three mediators for the safe release of the collector.

They named Prashant Bhushan, BD Sharma and Manish Kunjam as mediators for the talks.

JPN