Only 5-6 people held hostage in Chhattisgarh: Police
"Reports of 400-500 people being held are a fiction created by media," Inspector General (IG) of Bastar I.G Kalluri told mediapersons.
He said: "only five to six people have been held by the Maoists. We are negotiating with them to free the people".
Meanwhile in Delhi, the home ministry also denied a hostage-like situation in the state.
"There is no hostage-like situation there. We have got the report that some labourers have gathered there at a construction site," home ministry spokesman Kuldeep Singh Dhatwalia said.
"We are in constant touch with the officials from Chhattisgarh", he added.
Earlier, media reports said around 500 people were on held captive by Maoists in Chattisgarh's Marenga village when they were on their way to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally in Dantewada district.
Marenga is 350 km from Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur and 150 fm from Dantewada.
Also RK Singh (Former Home Secy) denied reports of the hostage to newsgaency ANI.
The PM is scheduled to inaugurate two projects in Dantewada worth Rs 24,000 crores.
Ahead of the PM’s visit, the Naxals on Friday blocked the Bhanupratappur-Pakahanjore road by felling trees and put up banners, opposing the visit.
The state Congress is also protesting PM Modi’s visit and plans to boycott it.
On Friday, a large stage, erected for PM Modi’s public event in Naya Raipur collapsed due to strong storm, injuring 55 people.
As a result of the accident, the event was called off and PM Modi toured the spot afterwards.
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