Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik
Bhubaneswar: Refuting to the claims made by Sabyasachi Panda, the Secretary of the Odisha State Organizing Committee of the CPI (Maoist), who in his audio message on Friday, had said that the views of the two Maoist-appointed mediators B. D Sharma and Dandapani Mohanty were not taken into consideration by the State Government to secure the release of Italian tour operator Bosusco Paolo, who has been under their captivity since March 14, Chief Minister Mr. Naveen Patnaik today said that Panda was ‘incorrect’ in saying so.

Mr. Patnaik in the State Assembly today informed that, the two maoist-backed negotiators had asked that the Government to take steps for the release six persons and the Government has agreed to facilitate the release of five persons as per the negotiations with them.

Apart from this Mr. Patnaik again appealed the Maoists to free Paolo immediately and unharmed.

It is noteworhty to mention that Panda in his audio message on Friday had described the talks between the mediators and the Government as “farce”. He then had reiterated his demand for the immediate release of seven persons, that he had named initially, for Bosusco’s release. Apart from this he threatened to take “extreme step” on Paolo, if his demands were not met within 96 hours.

Meanwhile, Maoist Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee holding Hikaka hostage is yet to respond to the state government’s decision to release the prisoners.

Source: 360 NS