There were armed police there in riot gear but, they were not doing anything, fearing creating tensions with the Maoists. This actually seemed like the right thing to do..
Got no film/pics, we made a hard decision that was it wasn't worth the risk for the shots. If they had seen film cameras they could have felt it was an opportunity to make a statment on a larger scale
The group was released after agreeing to hand over their bus to the Maoists.
Under the heading TMI:
it's been 25C most days and the worst weather we've had is some fluffy white clouds. It's warm dry and dusty here (and this is the cooler time of the year!) due to the dust I have produced goliath bogies of award winning calibre
Thank you for that, Richard.