BJD`s Jhina, not wife Hema to face Giridhar Gamang in Koraput

BJD Tuesday appeared to have avoided a `husband-wife` fight in Koraput Lok Sabha seat by fielding Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka against Congress nominee Giridhar Gamang even as the ruling party pitted a family member of BJP state president K V Singhdeo to contest against him in Patnagarh assembly segment.

BJD`s Jhina, not wife Hema to face Giridhar Gamang in Koraput

BJD Tuesday appeared to have avoided a `husband-wife` fight in Koraput Lok Sabha seat by fielding Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka against Congress nominee Giridhar Gamang even as the ruling party pitted a family member of BJP state president K V Singhdeo to contest against him in Patnagarh assembly segment.

Maoist wanted in MLA abduction case arrested

A hardcore Maoist allegedly involved in the abduction of ruling BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka and wanted in several murder cases, was arrested in Odisha`s Rayagada district, police said on Wednesday.

BJD MLA to be moved to fortified bungalow

The security of Jhina Hikaka and his family has been raised with the BJD MLA, who was kidnapped in March by Maoists, to be moved to a fortified bungalow.

Hikaka leaves decision on quitting to CM

Yet to take a decision on his possible resignation as the MLA of Laxmipur as decided in the Maoist`s `praja` court, Jhina Hikaka on Monday said he had left it to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

Hikaka shouldn’t resign under pressure: Naveen

With the deadline by Maoists to Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka to resign ending on Thursday, CM Naveen Patnaik said that he should not quit under pressure.

Why should Hikaka resign? Naveen asks

Four days after release of Jhina Hikaka from Maoist captivity, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday questioned why the MLA should resign.

Hikaka`s resignation unlikely to be accepted: BJD

MLA Jhina Hikaka, who was abducted by Maoists, is yet to spell out whether to quit membership of Odisha Assembly as per an agreement with the ultras.

`NCTC essential for avoiding future abductions`

Stressing the importance of a national agency to curb terror threats, Union Minister V Narayanasamy said the NCTC is essential to avoid incidents like the recent abduction of Odisha MLA.

Jhina Hikaka avoids speaking about `praja` court

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

Hikaka crisis: Oppn criticises Odisha govt`s role

The opposition in Odisha on Thursday criticised the state government`s role in handling BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka hostage crisis.

BJD welcomes release of Jhina Hikaka

Expressing happiness and relief over the release of Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Jhina Hikaka after 32 days of Maoists captivity.

Naxals free Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka

Maoists holding BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka as hostage for over a month released him on Thursday, a day after a `praja` (people`s) court decided to free him.

Maoists taking advantage of halt to security ops

A Maoist `peoples court` likely to try Odisha BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka on Wednesday at Narayanpatna in Koraput district.

Odisha: BJD MLA completes 30 days in captivity

BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka Monday completed a month in captivity of Maoists even as all are anxiously waiting for the `people`s court` proposed by the Naxals to decide his fate on April 25.

Odisha looking for volunteer to negotiate with Maoists

With the Maoists unbending on their demands and determined to keep BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka hostage till April 25, the Odisha government on Saturday said it would welcome anyone volunteering to negotiate with them.

Maoists holding Hikaka hostage make fresh demand

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

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

Ex-Army official moves SC against freeing Naxals

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

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".