Maoists don’t want negotiators for MLA release

Bhubaneswar: The Maoists behind the abduction of first time BJD legislator Jhina Hikaka have warned the Odisha government not to buy time or use the police and made it clear that they don’t want any negotiators.

“They (Maoists) have cautioned the government not to buy time or use the police to harm them,” Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik told the assembly.
“I assure the members that all efforts are being made for ensuring the safe release of our colleague, the honourable member from Laxmipur,” Patnaik said, adding the demands were being examined.

A communication in Telegu was received yesterday through the media from the Srikakulam-Koraput Divisional Committee of Andhra-Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee of CPI (Maoist) claiming to have abducted the MLA.

A letter purported to have been signed by the MLA addressed to the chief minister was also received, with the Maoists asking for immediate fulfillment of their demands and that they did not want negotiation through mediators, the chief minister said.

The letter listed seven main demands, including stopping of police combing operation and of intelligence gathering, withdrawal of all police camps, stopping of Green Hunt operations and halt to rallies and demonstrations for the release of the MLA, Patnaik said.

The letter also demanded unconditional release of the members of the Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Sangha and other ultras in Koraput and Malkangiri jails, no police action in the name of anti-Naxal operation and implementation of all the demands made at the time of release of former collector of Malkangiri, Vineel Krishna in February last year, he said.

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