Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka avoided speaking about what took place at the `praja` (people`s) court where he was produced before his release.
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.
Maoist rebels holding Odisha legislator hostage for more than 3 weeks on Saturday demanded the release of all members of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh.
Hikaka was abducted by the Andhra-Odisha border special zonal committee of the Communist Party of India-Maoist.
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 announced that it was agreeable to withdraw cases against 13 prisoners after expiry of the deadline set by the ultras.
government offered to withdraw cases against people named by the rebels in exchange for the release of state legislator Hikaka.
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".
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 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 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.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik on Friday visited Koraput in a desperate bid to explore ways to free the tribal legislator.
Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda is reported to have released a new audio tape stating that they are ready to release abducted Italian Paolo Bosusco.
The Odisha Police Association said it will oppose "tooth and nail" any move to set free hardcore Maoists like Chenda Bhusanam alias Ghasi.
One of the mediators nominated by Maoists on Monday said the Odisha government responded `reasonably well` to Naxal demands.
A day after Maoists reached an agreement with Odisha govt for the release of the abducted Italian national, the hope for his release has brightened.
Maoists holding the Italian national hostage on Friday threatened to take “extreme step” if their demands were not met within 96 hours.
The Centre is keenly observing the
hostage situation in Odisha and is believed to be against any
swap of prisoners with an abducted MLA and an Italian tour
Italian Ambassador Giacomo Sanfelice di Monte forte on Thursday thanked Odisha government for its efforts to resolve the hostage crisis.
The Chief Minister of Orissa Naveen Patnaik reiterated on Thursday that the government will release 27 persons as demanded by the Maoists.
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