Bhubaneswar: About 500 relatives of the
victims of Maoist violence in Odisha on day took out a silent
procession here demanding safe release of the two Italians
abducted by the Maoists.
With their mouth covered with a white cloth as a mark of
protest and holding placards, the people under the banner of
Naxal Hinsa Prapidita Manch (NHPM) took out a procession on
the high security Mahatma Gandhi Marg in front of the state
The placards read `Release Italians`, `Stop Naxal
Violence`, `Stop Sexual Harassment of Lady Maoist Cadres`,
`Hang Naxals`, `Naxals Tume Odisha Chhada`, `Provide Rs 10
lakh to Deceased Family` and `Provide Job to Victim`s Family`.
Later, a delegation of the rallyists went to the Raj
Bhawan and submitted a memorandum to Governor M C Bhandare.
Their demands include safe release of the two Italians
and payment of ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the family of
those killed in Maoist violence.
The protesters, including women and children, came all
the way from far off Maoist-hit districts including Koraput,
Malkangiri, Nawarangpur, Nuapada, Rayagada, Kandhamal,
Sambalpur, Bargarh, Keonjhar, Sundargarh and Mayurbhanj.