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Updated: April 26, 2012 01:48 IST

Abducted Orissa MLA Hikaka may be released today

Prafulla Das
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SET TO BE FREE: Abducted BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka.
PTI SET TO BE FREE: Abducted BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka.

In all likelihood, the kidnapped Odisha legislator Jhina Hikaka will walk free on Thursday after more than a month in a Maoist den.

This became clear on Wednesday when the abductors issued a communication to the media saying they would release the BJD MLA as per the decision taken at a “people's court.”

The decision was taken after he gave an undertaking at the “people's court” that he would try to get the demands of Maoists fulfilled and resign from his post if he failed to keep his word, the abductors said.

This was also confirmed by Nihar Ranjan Patnaik, a lawyer for Maoists, who said a senior leader of the Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) called him to inform him of the decision.

Mr. Patnaik is likely to be present along with Mr. Hikaka's wife, Kaushalya Majhi, when the Maoists release the tribal legislator at Balipeta village in Koraput district.

The Maoists, who had kidnapped Mr. Hikaka from Koraput district on March 24, demanded the release of 29 persons from jail, but the State government agreed to facilitate the release of 25 of them. However, none of them has been released so far.

Other demands such as a complete halt to the Operation Green Hunt and withdrawal of the security forces from tribal areas were not considered by the government.

No negotiations were held between the government and the Maoists for Mr. Hikaka's release as the rebels had refused to hold talks from the beginning.

Our government has always and is still encouraging a wrong means of
getting one's demands fulfilled.The Government should make a firm stand
of not agreeing to any demands in exchange of something.

from:  Sameer Kumar
Posted on: Apr 25, 2012 at 18:40 IST

Increasing incidents of abductions of government officials and
representatives should be alarming especially for the
policymakers. Realistic,effective policies and a modernized,professional
police force are the key to combat the ultras. Government should act
maturely and try to bring Maoists to the talk table.

from:  PRIYANSU BHARDWAJ
Posted on: Apr 25, 2012 at 16:05 IST

Maoists are our own people. We should not act as criminals. Speedy development in Maosit areas, education, employment will lure youth away from anti state force and make them productive manpower.

from:  Raman Koul
Posted on: Apr 25, 2012 at 15:40 IST
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