Bhubaneswar: Responding to the State Government’s announcement to release 27 prisoners, including eight Maoists to secure the release of Italian national Paolo Bosusco and Biju Janata Dal legislator Jhina Hikaka, Maoists of the Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC), that had claimed responsibility for the abduction of Hikaka on March 26, today rejected the Government’s offer and has set April 10 as deadline for the State Government to accept their demands.
Jagabandhu, a representative of AOBSZC, in a fresh audio tape aired by television channels today said that, out of the eight rebels, that the Government has announced to release, to secure the release of Hikaka, only two are Maoists. So in addition to the 27 prisoners, he demanded the release of five more prisoners, four members of Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh (CMAS) and a Maoist who are now lodged in Koraput jails, by April 10, to secure the release of their MLA.
Reiterating that they do not need a mediator to initiate talks with the Government for the release of Hikaka he said, “The MLA is safe now. However, the State Government will be held responsible for the consequence, if our demand is not met by the set deadline.”
Source: 360 NS