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Orissa: Fresh talks with mediators to secure collector`s release

The Orissa govt Thursday held fresh talks with mediators chosen by the Maoists as part of the ongoing efforts to facilitate early release of Malkangiri district collector R V Krishna.



Bhubaneswar: The Orissa government Thursday held
fresh talks with mediators chosen by the Maoists as part of
the ongoing efforts to facilitate early release of Malkangiri
district collector R V Krishna in view of new demands made by
the abductors.

"We are making all efforts ... Talks are on with the
three interlocutors to secure safe and early release of the
collector from the Maoists," Chief Secretary B K Patnaik told
reporters as the 30-year-old IAS officer of 2005 batch spent
the ninth day in captivity.

Patnaik said the mediators have informed the abductors
about the agreement reached between them and the Orissa
government and made a fresh appeal to the Maoists to release
Krishna by this evening.

Fresh talks were held to resolve the crisis over the
abduction, which got complicated following the new demands for
immediate release of five top Maoists apart from Ganti
Prasadam, who secured bail from the Orissa government
yesterday.

"The 48 hours set for the release of Krishna ends this
evening. We hope the appeal made by the mediators must have
reached the abductors by now," Home Secretary U N Behera said.

"We are hopeful of getting some positive response before
this evening," he said.
Besides Behera, Panchayati Raj Secretary S N Tripathy
joined the talks on behalf of the state government, while
the mediators are G Hargopal, R Someswar Rao and activist
Dandapani Mohanty.

PTI

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