Odisha seeks opinion of police for Ghasi’s release

The abductors of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka have demanded the release of hardcore Naxal Chenda Bhusanam alias Ghasi.

Updated: Apr 09, 2012, 17:46 PM IST

Bhubaneswar: With the abductors of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka demanding release of hardcore Naxal Chenda Bhusanam alias Ghasi, an accused in the killing of at least 55 security personnel, the Odisha government has sought opinion of the state police on the matter.

"We have sought opinion of the police on whether the fresh demands made by the abductors of the MLA could be met," Chief Secretary B K Patnaik told reporters here, adding that the legal aspects need to be verified before taking any decision.

The Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of the CPI (Maoist), which abducted Hikaka on March 24, in a fresh demand asked the state government to release five more persons including Ghasi to ensure safe release of
the MLA.

Besides six major incidents of Naxal violence including murder, Ghasi alias Khatru alias Nagaraja alias Yusu alias Balna alias Balaredy alias Doctor had also been accused in 35 other cases in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh.

The Andhra Pradesh government had announced Rs 10 lakh for the arrest of Ghasi, a state committee member of AOBSZC, a senior police officer said adding he was involved in Alampaka attack in Balimela reservoir in which 38 police men were
killed.

"Ghasi is also one of the main accused in the killing of 17 police personnel in a landmine blast in Kalimela area in Malkangiri district," the official said. He was arrested by Odisha Police at Semiliguda area on April 4, 2011.

PTI