"We have been ready for talks," Nitish Kumar said on Thursday, Sep 2 on the sidelines of a function here.
"There should have been talks across the table... I appeal to everyone to come forward. To make one a prisoner and then haggle, is not good. After all, the policemen were doing their duty," he said.
A hostage crisis hit the state after the Left wing extremists abducted four police personnel on Sunday, Aug 31 during a fierce gunbattle. They demanded the release of eight of their arrested rebels and the halt of search and combing operations in the state by 4 pm on Sep 1.
After several extentions of deadlines, the Maoists late on Thursday, Sep 2 killed one of the abducted personnel, identified as Abhay Kumar Yadav.
"We respect the human rights of any person arrested, because this is a democracy. We look after their health, and the Leftwing rebels are part of our society. We also expect the same treatment of our people (policemen) by the Maoists," the CM said.