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Jhina Hikaka avoids speaking about `praja` court

Last Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 23:18

Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka avoided speaking about what took place at the `praja` (people`s) court where he was produced before his release.

Fate of BJD MLA uncertain as Maoists squabble

Last Updated: Sunday, April 22, 2012, 14:30

Some Maoists demanded release of all members of rebel-backed CMAS from jail in return for release of Jhina Hikaka while the others want the fate of the MLA decided at a `praja` court.

Maoists holding Hikaka hostage make fresh demand

Last Updated: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 22:29

Maoist rebels holding Odisha legislator hostage for more than 3 weeks on Saturday demanded the release of all members of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh.

Now, Maoists say Hikaka will be tried on April 25

Last Updated: Friday, April 20, 2012, 11:39

Hikaka was abducted by the Andhra-Odisha border special zonal committee of the Communist Party of India-Maoist.

SC notice to Odisha govt, Centre on freeing Naxals

Last Updated: Thursday, April 19, 2012, 09:30

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the Orissa govt and the Centre on a PIL seeking to restrain the state from releasing Naxals in exchange for captive BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka.

Odisha govt agrees to Maoist demands to free MLA

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 21:22

Odisha govt announced that it was agreeable to withdraw cases against 13 prisoners after expiry of the deadline set by the ultras.

Ex-Army official moves SC against freeing Naxals

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 15:08

government offered to withdraw cases against people named by the rebels in exchange for the release of state legislator Hikaka.

Hikaka’s release: CM makes fresh appeal to Maoists

Last Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 14:26

With the deadline for release of abducted MLA Jhina Hikaka coming to an end at 5 PM Wednesday, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has appealed to the Maoists to release him "immediately".

Hostage crisis: Maoists seek to know govt’s move

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 15:05

Maoists holding ruling BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka hostage have asked the Odisha government to clearly spell out by 5 PM today the steps being taken by it.

Maoists scale down demand for Hikaka`s release

Last Updated: Sunday, April 15, 2012, 09:11

Maoists in an audio message received by some journalists said that the government has to free 29 prisoners to secure the release of Jhina Hikaka.

Odisha speeds up process to secure MLA`s release

Last Updated: Friday, April 13, 2012, 23:48

Odisha said it is speeding up the process to secure the release of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka who has been held hostage by Maoists for the past 20 days.

Naveen visits Koraput asks Maoists to release MLA

Last Updated: Friday, April 13, 2012, 08:44

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on Friday visited Koraput in a desperate bid to explore ways to free the tribal legislator.