Abducted Collector, engineer safe: Orissa CM

Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik said Maoists have agreed not to harm the hostages when the talks are on.

Last Updated: Feb 21, 2011, 16:01 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: Maintaining that abducted
Malkangiri District Collector and the Junior Engineer were
safe, Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday said Maoists
have agreed not to harm the hostages when the talks are on.

This was conveyed during the ongoing negotiations
between mediators and state government officials for safe
release of Malkangiri Collector RV Krishna and Junior
Engineer Pabitra Majhi, Patnaik said in a statement at the
state Assembly here.

"The mediators assured the officials that no harm will be
caused to the hostage duo, when talks are on," he said.

Stating that detailed discussion was being held in a
congenial manner, Patnaik said it was agreed that there would
not be any combing operation till the negotiations are over.

At the same time, the Maoists would not indulge in any
untoward incident, disturbance or road blockade that could
hamper the peace process as long as talks are on, the Chief
Minister said.

PTI