New Delhi: Mediators former IAS officer and social activist BD Sharma and Professor Hargopal left for Chintalnar in Chhattisgarh on Saturday morning to meet the Maoist abductors of Sukma district collector Alex Paul Menon.
It has been a week since the Menon was abducted by the Naxals. The mediators have had several rounds of talks in two days but the deadlock continues.
The Naxals have refused to extend the deadline and are now demanding the release of nine more of their cadres, including Kartam Joga and Vijay Sodhi.
The government has already missed one deadline and is yet to respond to the latest demand.
On Thursday, the first round of talks between Naxal representatives and the state government began, without any forward movement despite three rounds of discussions.
Meanwhile, former MLA Manish Kunjam, who had gone to deliver medicines after the collector's health deteriorated, returned with news that Menon's health condition was fine.