New Delhi: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Monday said his government will do everything for the release of Biju Janata Dal party legislator Jhina Hikaka, who was abducted by Maoists three weeks ago.
Maoists have demanded the release of their comrades from jail in exchange for releasing Hikaka.
Patnaik, who is here to attend the daylong conference of state chief ministers on internal security convened by the centre, said the situation was being monitored by the central government too.
“I assure you that the government will leave no stone unturned to secure the release of our young tribal MLA,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the conference.
It is noteworthy to mention that, the Maoists on Sunday had set a fresh deadline of April 18 for the State Government to fulfil their demand to release 29 prisoners to secure the release of Hikaka. Till now the Government has agreed to facilitate the release of 25 prisoners in exchange of Hikaka and is still analysing the legal aspects of four more prisoners named by the Anhdra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) of the CPI Maoists.
Earlier, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced to release 23 prisoners, including 15 members of the Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangha and eight members of the CPI (Maoist), in exchange for the release of Hikaka, but the AOBSZC subsequently demanded to released five more prisoners and then added two more names in their demand list for the release of Hikaka.