Bhubaneswar: Rejecting State Government’s offer to release 27 prisoners, including eight Maoists to secure the release of Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo and Biju Janata Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka, Maoists today refused to release Paolo, who has been under their captivity since March 14.
Sabyasachi Panda, a rebel leader known as Sunil, who has claimed responsibility for the abduction of the Italians, in his latest audio message today, said that the list of prisoners proposed to be freed for securing the release of the Italian national was unacceptable and reiterated that they would be compelled to take ‘extreme step’ against the Italian national, if the Government fails to concede their demands by Tuesday.
Panda in his audio message earlier had demanded immediate release of seven persons, including his wife Subhashree Das alias Mili Panda for Bosusco’s release.
Although Subhashree’s name is figured in the list of persons, proposed to be freed, he said the government’s list excluded the names of many others whose release had been demanded.
Apart from this he also described the talks between the mediators and the Government as “farce” as no clear-cut decision had been taken on the 13 demands made for the release of Bosusco and said that the Italian will not be released.
Meanwhile, the group of ultras who abducted BJD MLA Jhina Hikaka on March 24, who on Thursday had announced the extension of deadline to Saturday for fulfilment of all their demands, are yet to respond to the offer.
Source: 360 NS