Hika fate to be decided in Praja Court

Koraput/Bhubaneswar: The fate of the abducted Laxmipur MLA Jhina Hikaka held in captivity since March 23 would in all likelihood be decided by the Maoist kidnappers of the Andhra Odisha Border Special Zonal Committee (AOBSZC) in a `praja court`–peoples` court–at an undisclosed location while the family members of the tribal legislator continued to spend their time amid tension and uncertainty over the return of the BJD MLA.

The lawyer of the Maoist-backed Chasi Mulia Adivasi Sangh(CMAS) Nihar Ranjan Patnaik today told OTV that the Maoists would held the much talked-about `praja court` tomorrow to decide the fate of the abducted MLA held by his captors for over a month now.

Amid all these uncertainties several organisations today conducted rallies in different parts of the state demanding immediate release of the abducted MLA. Several government as well as non-government organisations today brought out a rally in Koraput and urged the Maoists to release Jhina Hikaka. The rallyists later handed over a memorandum to the district collector. In Bhubaneswar, members of about 25 Self-Help Groups (SHGs) also brought out a rally to demand the release of the abducted MLA. The rallyists holding banners and  placards urged the Maoists to release the MLA immediately.