Bhubaneswar: Civil Rights activist Dandapani Mohanty, nominated by the ultras to negotiate in the Italian hostage crisis, on Wednesday sought the presence of any one of three "real" Maoists lodged in different jails of the country to expedite talks.
Mohanty suggested names of three cadre members of CPI (Maoists) Narayan Sanyal, presently lodged at Giridih Jail in Jharkhand, Amit Bagchi, lodged at Vishakhapatanam Jail and Kobad Gandhi, an inmate of Tihar Jail in Delhi to monitor negotiations over the Italian hostage crisis.
"Any of the three persons can be brought to jail here so that we can consult them on issues to be discussed during the negotiation," Mohanty told reporters, adding the three were "real Maoists and their supervision could help expedite talks."
He recalled that Ganti Prasadam had been brought here from a jail in Andhra Pradesh after the abduction of the then Malkangiri Collector in February, 2011 which helped in resolution of the hostage crisis at that time.
Odisha government should contact the Centre and seek its help in bringing one of these top Maoist leaders to Bhubaneswar Jail, he said, adding "the suggestion has been endorsed by the Maoists."
Stating that the other mediator B D Sharma would also be there, Mohanty said the state government should contact the mediators in order to start negotiation immediately.