Will do everything to get Hikaka released: Patnaik

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Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik.
The Hindu
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Pattnaik.

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, on Monday, said that his government would do everything for the release of Biju Janata Dal party legislator Jhina Hikaka, who was abducted by Maoists three weeks ago.

Maoists have demanded the release of their comrades from jail in exchange for releasing Hikaka.

Patnaik, who is in the capital to attend the day-long conference of State chief ministers on internal security convened by the Centre, said that the situation was being monitored by the Central government too.

“I assure you that the government will leave no stone unturned to secure the release of our young tribal MLA,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the conference.

Earlier, while going to attend a meeting of non-Congress chief ministers at Tamil Nadu Bhavan here, Patnaik said that he had old family ties with the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa.

Non-Congress chief ministers, including Patnaik and Jayalalithaa, have been protesting the proposed National Counter Terrorism Centre, an anti-terror intelligence hub, on the grounds that it interferes with States' rights.



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