Raipur (Agencies): Maoists in Chhattisgarh said, they will release five captive cops only if the government relinquishes its plan to set up an army training centre in a forested territory.

According to sources, the rebels have strongly objected to a move of the army's central command to establish a training centre at the doorstep of the 4,000 sq km Abujhmad forest area.

The rebels have also sought the release of a few people who are said to be in police custody in Chhattisgarh.

This is one of 11 demands put forth by the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) in the restive Bastar region. The policemen have been in their captivity since Jan 25.

They have also asked the government to stop anti-Maoist drives, keep forces out of school buildings and cancel memorandums of understanding with business houses that plan to set up industries in mineral-rich Bastar region that is made up of Narayanpur, Kanker, Bastar, Bijapur and Dantewada districts.

 

Officials at the police headquarters here said that the Maoists have put the abducted people at their hideouts at Abujhmad in Narayanpur.