Agnivesh appeals for collector release

Bhubaneswar: Swami Agnivesh, who Maoists wanted to be included among the mediators, today appealed for the release of Malkangiri district collector R V Krishna before this evening`s deadline.

"I appeal to the Maoists to release Malkangiri collector before the deadline this evening … After the release of Krishna if the Maoists want me for further negotiation, I am ready for that," Agnivesh told PTI over phone.

"I thank the Maoists for wanting my services but it is not possible on my part to reach Malkangiri by this evening," he said over phone.

The fresh demands were sent in a letter by the Maoists through junior engineer Pabitra Majhi, abducted from Chitrakonda area along with Krishna but released yesterday.

Agnivesh said the three mediators G Hargopal, R Someswar Rao and Dandapani Mohanty, have done a commendable job, because of which, Majhi was released.

The social activist also thanked the Orissa government for announcing that security forces would not take part in coercive action.

"This is an example for other states. The peace talks have become a model," he said.