Bhubaneswar: Discussion to secure the safe release of two Italians kidnapped by Maoists over a week ago in Odisha’s Kandhamal district was put off today.
The discussions between the two Maoists interlocutors and three officials representing the Government, which began on Thursday evening took a dramatic turn after the kidnapping of Jhina Hikaka, a legislator of Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) early morning today.
“Talks have been suspended on the proposal of the two negotiators,” said Home Secretary Upendra Nath Behera.
“The Maoists have not stopped violent activities despite ceasefire,” rued Behera. The Home Secretary told the media that the government was waiting to know from the Maoists about the demands and conditions for the release of the abducted MLA.
Meanwhile, the two interlocutors B D Sharma and Dandapani Mohanty have asked the naxalites to release the three hostages including Jhina Hikaka for continuation of the dialogue between the two sides.
“The talks have not failed but suspended temporarily,” claimed Dandapani Mohanty after suspension of the negotiations.
Source: 360 NS