Bhubaneswar: All sorts of speculations about the role of Maoist leader Ganti Prasad as a possible mediator from the rebels’ side to initiate the talks for the release of abducted BJD legislator Jhina Hikaka, came to an end as he himself today informed that there is no truth behind the speculations and that he is not in a position right now to play any role in the talks with the Government.
It is noteworthy to mention that Prasad had played an important role for the release of former Malkangiri collector R Vineel Krishna last year.
Meanwhile, ten days have passed since the abduction of Hikaka. However no specific information regarding his whereabouts and health condition is known yet.
Earlier the Government had appealed to the Maoists to suggest names of mediators to start dialogue to free the MLA. The government even had announced that it was prepared for talks with the Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) to end the hostage row. But the CMAS had turned down the Government’s proposal. The talks for the release of Hikaka is yet of kickoff.
Source: 360 NS