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Updated: April 19, 2012 02:03 IST

Prospects for Hikaka's release brighten

Prafulla Das
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File photo of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka who was abducted by Maoists in Koraput district.
File photo of BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka who was abducted by Maoists in Koraput district.

Odisha government withdraws cases against 13 persons, including Maoists

It appears abducted Odisha legislator Jhina Hikaka may be released soon with the Naveen Patnaik government on Wednesday agreeing to withdraw cases against as many as 13 persons, including a few Maoists.

The State government bowed to the demands of the Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) after the abductors said they had no faith in it and the fate of Mr. Hikaka would be decided in “a people's court” on Thursday.

‘Deadline over'

In a fresh message to the media, the Maoists said they had already extended the deadline four times so far and there would be no further extension.

Mr. Hikaka has been in the hands of the Maoists since he was kidnapped from Koraput district on March 24.

The State government had on Tuesday given an assurance that steps would be taken for withdrawal of cases pending against 25 persons if the hostage was released by Wednesday evening — the deadline fixed by the Maoists.

The government had responded after the Maoists issued a communication to the media asking the government to spell out the steps it was taking to free 29 under-trial prisoners to pave the way for Mr. Hikaka's release.

Plea against Maoists' release

In another development, a retired Army officer moved the Supreme Court seeking a direction to the Odisha government not to release the Maoists from jail to buy freedom for Mr. Hikaka. The petition will come up for hearing on Thursday.

I dont think our governments entertain the idea of releasing the Maoists, if the hostages were common people. That is the previlage of being a politician in India.

from:  Prasad
Posted on: Apr 19, 2012 at 10:21 IST

I strongly feel we should have a precrafted plan to tackle these kind of kidnapping issues, anti social elements are using this as a mighty tool to release their fellow members from charges as well as from the prison as and when they require it, This will have a severe demoralising effect on our force soldiers who are fighting terrorists and maoists.
we should not bow down to their demands.

from:  S.VidhyaSagar
Posted on: Apr 19, 2012 at 07:26 IST
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