Bhubaneswar: The State Government that had announced the name of 27 prisoners, including eight Maoists who are to be released, to secure the release of Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo and Biju Janata Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka, is yet to receive a response from the abductors.
The crucial talks between the three Government representatives and the maoist mediators to end the hostage crisis in Odisha, resumed at the State Guest House today.
Three Government officials namely Home Secretary U N Behera, SC/ST Secretary S K Sarangi and Panchayatiraj Secretary P K Jena engaged in talks with B D Sharma and Dandapani Mohanty, the two maoist-backed mediators, to strike a deal in exchange for the freedom of the captives.
Dandapani Mohanty, one of the Maoist-backed mediators, said it was not clear how the government was going to facilitate the release. “We have asked them (officials representing the government), they said they will reply,” Mohanty told reporters.
Mohanty also said the mediators don’t have any information from the Maoists on whether they would release the Italian hostage on the basis of the Chief Minister’s announcement.
“At this moment, we don’t have any suggestions or objections. The Maoists have to respond,” he said.
The future course of action will be taken after the Maoists reaction is known, he added.
Source: 360 NS