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Updated: April 29, 2012 19:06 IST

Maoists would release audio tape over resignation: Hikaka

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BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka after being freed by Maoists at Koraput. Photo: PTI
BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka after being freed by Maoists at Koraput. Photo: PTI

Three days after being freed by Maoists, Odisha MLA Jhina Hikaka today said the ultras are likely to release a fresh audio message which could clear the air over his possible resignation as a legislator.

“A new audio tape is likely to be released by the Maoists shortly. It will remove all confusion relating to my resignation. Everything will be clear,” the 37-year-old ruling BJD MLA from Laxmipur, said.

The tribal legislator, who was abducted by Maoists in the wee hours of March 24 in Koraput district, was set free on April 26 at Balipeta in Narayanpatna area of the district on the condition that he would resign as a member of the State Assembly within 15 days.

Mr. Hikaka, who has been side-stepping the question of quitting as an MLA ever since he was released by Maoists, said he would be visiting the state capital shortly and the future course of action would be known soon.

Before freeing Mr. Hikaka, Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of CPI (Maoist) had claimed in an audio message that the tribal leader had given an undertaking at their praja court that he would resign as a legislator and also cut ties with BJD.

Mr. Hikaka said he had also been consulting with the people of his constituency on the course of action.

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